Monday, May 18, 2015

Come Along with Me by Linda Lee Schell (A Gracie Book, #1)

Come Along With Me
by Linda Lee Schell

My rating: 4 stars

Series: A Gracie Book - Book 1
Publication Date: October 18, 2013
Publisher: A Kinder World Publishers
Genre: Children's Fiction 8-12
Print Length: 82 pages
Available from: Amazon

Come Along With Me will transport eight-to twelve-year old children, their parents, and their grandparents to another world when they read Come Along With Me, an adventure about friendship and caring, the unfortunate consequences of jealousy, and the power of hope.

Meet Gracie, a ditzy dwarf kangaroo from the Thirty-sixth Universe--a creature who lives in a perfect realm. Because she is bored, Gracie longs for an adventure to St. Petersburg, Russia, a place she imagines is filled with beauty and enchantment. Much to the tiny ‘roo’s surprise, her ability to transport herself to the land of the czars has failed. She ends up at a dairy farm in St. Clair, Pennsylvania, where she saves the life of Gibson, an abandoned Maine coon cat.

The unlikely pair become fast friends. While Gracie tries to find her way back home, Gibson carves a life for himself on a farm with his newly adopted mistress, the farmer’s young daughter. There’s one hitch: The overworked farmer demands that Gibson earn his keep. Gibson’s task is thwarted somewhat when he experiences strange visions. But are these visions the result of a thrashing he received from the farmer’s two dogs? Or, maybe Gibson sees parallel universes?

As outsiders the little kangaroo and the cat from the city negotiate the perils of farm life. They meet two malicious rats who hate anyone who is happy. The two devoted friends must contend with stampeding cows and a barnyard of critters that have little use for newcomers.

Will Gibson keep his sanity and become the little girl’s pet? Will Gracie ever see the splendor of the Russian Versailles? Will the farmer survive the evil machinations of the rats, Bratwold and Eastman? Drift back to the days of Barbie dolls, hula hoops, and Sputnik to find out. 

Come Along with Me by  Linda Lee Schell

Come Along With Me (A Gracie Book Book 1)Meet Gracie, a tiny kangaroo for another universe as she travels to Earth to enjoy a vacation, but mistakenly lands in rural PA. Enter Gibson, a beautiful black cat with a few problems and in a world of hurt. Together these two undertake an adventure that will come alive, especially for younger readers.

Come Along with Me by Linda Lee Schell is a cute and clever tale that will be easily understood by and enjoyed by 8 – 12 year olds. (To test that theory, I passed this on to one of my 9 year-old grandchildren. Try as I might, I read things differently than she would.)

What I was told by said young reviewer was that she didn’t like some parts, and it would scare younger children. She didn’t, however, have any problems with the words, either in pronouncing them or understanding them.

From my perspective, I have to agree, there was some violence that a child would find unsettling. While the story took a while to build up steam, the settings were well described and as a family read with a discussion time after, this is an excellent book to choose! There is a friendship and loyalty to each other that is developing between Gibson and Gracie that is cute, sweet and kind of fun! A great conversation point for family!

I received this copy from Linda Lee Schell in exchange for my honest review. As a reading tool, with lessons to learn, Ms. Schell has done a marvelous job.

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