The Grotto Under the Tree by John Theo, Jr.
About the Book
Follow two young heroes, Sebastian and Sara, as they mistakenly descend into a mystical land where elves, mermaids, gnomes and other mythological creatures live. The two discover they have stumbled into an ancient battle between these fair folk and evil creatures called the Kylo. Their guide on this journey is Capri, an elf lord who is on a quest to find his lost tribe. The Kylo chase the children and Capri in his flying galleon north into the Arctic Circle where they find the most unlikely ally. During the final battle the children learn about sacrifice, love and ultimately forgiveness.
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The Grotto Under the Tree is a very sweet middle grade read about two friends who find themselves wrapped up in a fantasy. The plot has the feel of Narnia and Tolkien wrapped together with a world of magic, elves, and adventure for these two children. Sara and Sebastian are a funny pair, Sara is sporty and Sebastian is more intellectual so they make for a good friendship. One is always getting up to something and in this case leads to an adventure.
The story begins with some background about the old Oak tree that stands in from of their school, when a few days later the tree is damaged the kids find a secret place underneath of it and with it magical creatures like elves and mermaids, but they also find evil. This evil affects Sebastian and they must go with an elf to save him.
I found the plot fun and exciting and very easy to read. The story was paced well and the chapters were short and make for some good breaks in the plotline. I very much enjoyed the adventure and think that this will be a wonderful book for young readers. It will keep their attention, make them ask questions, and is a magical journey.
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About the Author
John Theo, Jr. has numerous published articles on arts, culture and sports figures. He holds an
M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA. During the day John serves as Vice President of Operations for Blue Sky Holdings, which owns many commercial fitness clubs. John is also an adjunct professor at Endicott College in Beverly, MA, where he teaches screenwriting. John's Book, The Grotto Under The Tree, has been released by Astraea Press.
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