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5.0 out of 5 starsWell worth the wait!
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2017
I got this book a few years ago, and I anxiously awaited my youngest to grow old enough to read it with me. It was well worth the wait! My daughter, now 11, loved it, as did I. She was a particular fan of Fiori, but she loved the entire story, across the board. It took us considerable time to read through, however, as it prompted much discussion about some of the issues she sees/faces at school and with her friends (like her best friend's recent loss of her dad, for instance). That's the best reason for a book to take a long time to get through, of course, so I'm certainly not complaining! We both truly appreciated the beauty, heartfelt compassion and lessons contained in this lovely tale - a wonderful read all around!
5.0 out of 5 starsA Must Read for All Ages - Enjoyable Fantasy that's Gripping with An Underlying Important Message
Reviewed in the United States on April 26, 2015
The Elle Burton fantasy is a book which should be in every school library in the nation. This beautifully spun story about a young girl, who encounters winged creatures from the dimension of Fiori, brings to life the struggles children everywhere encounter in this world. From standing up to the class bully to taking a stand for a young girl who has been beaten by her father, Elle Burton becomes today’s role model for children everywhere. I’ve seen others refer to the creatures as fairies, but they reminded me more of guardian angels. The author lets you make your own choice.
Parents are sometimes reluctant to have conversations with their children about the tougher social injustices they may encounter in their home and school life. Author Peggy McAloon survived abuse and bullying as a child and her experiences not only inspired her to write this book to empower children to stand up to social injustices, but convinced her to provide a discussion sheet for parents.
Parents are now able to download the discussion sheet from her website (under the books tab) and use the characters in the book to bring up the discussions we tend to avoid as parents. Prepared by a child counselor, the discussion sheet carries the learning experience far beyond the book itself.
Children will laugh and cry as they explore Elle’s experiences from tremendous loss to lessons in empowerment. LC Kane did an outstanding job of making all the characters come to life. My favorite character next to Elle Burton herself was little Miss Irma, who shows the true grit of a modern southern belle.
And for me, as an adult, the child in me was brought back to to my heroines, of over 65 years ago, Pollyanna, who always had things work out, and Nancy Drew, the detective, my favorites.
Again, I loved Elle Burton and the Reflective Portals... reading both the print book and then listening to the audio book several months later. In neither case could I put it down. Once I started the Audible book, I immediately scheduled mindless work, so I could keep listening to the story. Now I anxiously await the sequel.
5.0 out of 5 starsDelightful read with lessons for all!
Reviewed in the United States on August 22, 2014
This is not a book I would normally have picked to read since I write mystery/suspense thrillers. I would have missed a great read. Though "Elle Burton and the Reflective Portals" was written for a younger audience, I found myself quickly involved in the story line and pulling for Elle and her friends, both human and not. Who would know the little guys would have some of the same qualities and problems as the rest of us. And I found myself cheering for bad guys as they became better people. Needless to say, I liked the book. Bet you will, too, if you give it a chance. After all, don't we all have a little "kid" left in us. How sad if we didn't! Joe Shumock
This was a delightful story that found a way to blend the magical with reality. Elle is a little girl who has a gift, a gift to see magical beings that help children at the time of the birth. But as we grow to enjoy Elle's new ability we also see there is a reason for it and that is help other children. That is where reality comes in. Although I don't wish to spoil the story for anyone, the reason I love the story is that it may provide a way to talk to children about some very harsh truths. I do hope that if you are parent, teacher or child care worker you will consider reading this book. It is a very sweet story but it could help to save a child.
5.0 out of 5 starsThis YA fantasy novel is a breath of fresh air ...
Reviewed in the United States on July 30, 2014
This YA fantasy novel is a breath of fresh air. Peggy McAloon's first novel out of the gate is a winner! It is well-written and a believable fantasy world. There's no complication in traveling between the real world and Fiori, simply pop through a reflective surface. This is the first book in the series, so later this year or early next year, look for her next book in the series. We can find out how Elle is doing being a guide, who helps people. Learning about why Peggy wrote this book makes this series even more heart-warming. She wrote this book to help children who are abused and to teach other children how to help. Check out her author page and Website and learn more about Elle!
5.0 out of 5 starsEngrossing story, full of adventure and magic
Reviewed in the United States on June 6, 2014
The author has written an engrossing story to entertain younger teenagers who may be dealing with difficult issues like parental abuse or bullying at school. No good parent wants his/her child to deal with such hard problems, but such problems are real for too many children, especially when the kids do not know where to go for help. The heroine of this book, Elle (pronounced Ellie) has a kind heart and wants to help other children. Elle has the aid of magical little creatures called Fiorins and visits their enchanting homeland in another dimension. There is adventure aplenty, and a sequel is in progress.
5.0 out of 5 starsIt would be a great addition to any library available to the preteen and ...
Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2015
I heard about this book from a friend, so I downloaded it on my Kindle to read during a plane trip. It is definitely a young reader's book, full of delightful ideas and fantasies that tickle the imagination grounded in a setting among real people and everyday life. It also deals with some of the problems all young people face in ways a young person can understand. It would be a great addition to any library available to the preteen and early teen readers. If I had a granddaughter this age, I would definitely buy her this book!
4.0 out of 5 starsA book to give and share. A book to treasure
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 7, 2014
I enjoyed Elle Burton and the Reflective Portals. Although I'm in the age group it's aimed at, I almost always find children's books enlightening and inspirational. I wasn't disappointed this time either. It also broadens my understanding of life in America and the fact that children suffer from the same problems whatever their nationality. A book to give and share. A book to treasure.
I'm looking forward to the next book and Elles new adventures.
Elle is fun and feisty and brave. Peggy McAloon and Anneka have opened a window into an expansive world that comforts, entertains and will leave young readers feeling more confident and even wiser to the ways of the world.
We meet spirits with butterfly wings who watch over small children—but that won’t hesitate to hack into a computer when the need arises. In this world Elle becomes a guide called to protect the children she encounters. It’s a page-turning story with monsters and magical creatures, but doesn't shy away from the harder truths children learn about today: all the things Enid Blyton wasn't expected to deal with.
The characters are likable (and I especially love Irma), but the evil villains are true villains.
I look forward to reading this book with my ten year old and will be waiting for the sequel: I want to know happens next!