Do you have a hard time finding quality (and safe) fiction for the young readers in your house? Do your kids enjoy fantasy adventure books like The Chronicles of Narnia, Redwall, The Lord of the Rings, or The Green Ember?
Our kids are huge fans of fantasy adventure novels. We’re always scouting for quality fiction that is appropriate for our young kids – now just the boys – ages 12 – 9. Lisa is constantly on the look out for something that will capture their imaginations and elevate their minds, while challenging them to be the best young men and women they can be.
We’ve found something special – a first-rate reading experience – and added it to the list of books we’re publishing. It’s a series called, The Tales of Larkin, by Alan W. Harris. The first in the series is Hawthorn’s Discovery.
When Revere, our 12 year old got his hands on this volume, he disappeared – as much as his chores and school load would allow! Where’s Revere was the common question for a few days and, sure enough, he’d be curled up somewhere, his nose deep into the book and often with a grin on his face.
He absolutely devoured this book – and loved every minute of it. But, before he was half way through, Dauntless, our 10 year old, began eyeing the cover – Looks pretty good. Within a few days, he had his hands on the book and became as lost in it as Revere had been.
Then there was 9 year-old Hakon – Dad, can I read The Tales of Larkin? And he, too, read it almost straight through in four days! Locusts in a field of corn have nothing on our boys reading The Tales of Larkin. Devour – it’s the best word to describe their response to author Alan Harris’ new book.
So, what’s the draw? Why do they love it so much? The Tales of Larkin: Hawthorn’s Discovery is a story packed with adventure, courage, honor, friendship, treachery, danger, great loss, and intrigue . . . and just about everything a great story has to have. But, beyond the great storytelling, it’s a story about The Story of redemption, woven artfully into the history of the tiny race of hearty people, The Larkin live in a large stump in the middle of a wood – a people who love each other, defend their home, and acknowledge the Maker of their world, whom they know, personally.
And yet, life is filled with peril. You and I may think little of an encounter with an army of ants or a trapdoor spider, but these insects are dangerous hazards to everyday life when the tallest of your clan is one inch. And, then there are the Renegades to evade every day while hunting or gathering wood. Such is the world into which Harris takes young imaginations. Within a page or two, our youngest three were transported to this world of small people, practicing the arts of self-defense right along with the other Larkin warriors.
If you or someone you know is interested in a well-written adventure with the power to captivate the imagination while elevating the mind of a young reader and which is filled character and biblical values, I highly recommend the first in The Tales of Larkin series, Hawthorn’s Discovery. It’s ideal for 8 – 12 year old boys and girls. It’s also a great “Read-Aloud” for younger kids and, at 450 pages, it’s a great investment value (they’ll read it more than once!) at under $20.
We can’t wait until the next in the series!
The Tales of Larkin series is published by Loyal Arts Media, LLC, of which I am a partner. I pledge never to recommend something I don’t completely believe in.