Hi, all, it’s Kara today with a review and giveaway for a book I loved:
Quest for Gray Ironbark: Way of the Wombat #1!
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ABOUT THE BOOK:
QUEST FOR GRAY IRONBARK: THE WAY OF THE WOMBAT #1
Author: AdriAnne Strickland
Release Date: 2/2/15
Publisher: WhomBatz LLC.
Which Way would you follow?
When Laz, a young wombat, goes from playing a game with his friend Kita in their idyllic tribal village to witnessing the nightmare of a Tasmanian devil attack, he reacts in the only way he can: he fights back. He accidentally kills a devil while trying to save his sister, but his sister is still taken captive. To make matters worse, the tribal elders banish Laz, Kita and Zeeg—the three youths who fought back—for failing to follow the way of the wombat.
Frustrated and adrift, the three friends embark on a quest through red rocky deserts and deep eucalyptus jungles to discover their own way. With a cheerful koala warrior as a guide and a wise platypus as their trainer, they hope to survive long enough to find a legendary weapon that could save their tribe and Laz’s sister from the devils. But danger lurks around every tree…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
AdriAnne Strickland was a bibliophile who wanted to be an author before she knew what either of those words meant. She shares a home base in Alaska with her husband, but has spent two cumulative years living abroad in Africa, Asia, and Europe. While writing occupies most of her time, she commercial fishes every summer in Bristol Bay, because she can’t seem to stop. Her debut YA sci-fi/fantasy, WORDLESS, launched in 2014 from Flux Books. THE WAY OF THE WOMBAT is her first foray into the world of middle grade fantasy adventure.
5 out of 5 stars
I received this book from the author for an unbiased review.
I loved this book and read it very quickly. I could not wait to find out what would happen next to Laz, Kita and Zeeg. I really liked the character Laz. He was kind of the underdog in this story, and I rooted for him the entire way. I also could relate to Kita, who is an only child and goes through a lot in this story. There is so much adventure in this story, I found myself wishing I was in middle grade again so I could read it for the first time as a child! Nonetheless, as an adult I enjoyed this book immensely.
I also loved all the different animal types since there aren’t any Wombats or Koalas in Texas that I know of. The Platypus brought all the different animals together and was just the kind of role model all of the young animals needed. I honestly can’t wait to read more about these characters.
One of my favorite parts about the book was the names of the weapons they made, they were all unique names. It made the story unique from other stories with weapons that are just described to the reader.
Children: This is a great book for children in middle grade, so any child between 11-15. I still think it is suitable for 10+, and adults, and wouldn’t even mind seeing this in a cartoon/movie version.
Parents: I think Parents would love this book because it teaches children a lot about teamwork. I think it would be fun to read with your child and talk about the different themes in the book to see what they learn from it.
This will be a great series to read. I already want to know more about these characters!