Monday, June 15, 2015

Things Are Not What They Seem by Anne Rothman-Hicks, Kenneth Hicks

Things Are Not What They Seem
by Anne Rothman-Hicks/Kenneth Hicks

My rating: 5 star FAVORITE!

Publication Date: April 9, 2014
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Genre: Children's Fiction | Fantasy
Print Length: 268 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
 What would you do if you were sitting on a park bench, minding your own business, and one of those annoying pigeons suddenly started to talk to you? And what if the pigeon didn’t just talk to you – in a meticulous British accent, no less – but pleaded with you to help untangle a piece of string that had accidentally attached his leg to a wrought iron fence surrounding the playground? And what if, while you are still convinced that this is all a big nasty trick, a hawk swoops down out of the sky and starts cursing at you, also in the King’s English, for getting in his way when he wanted to execute the pigeon?

That is the quandary in which Jennifer (almost 13 years old and probably a bit too smart for her own good) finds herself one sweltering July morning while babysitting her 11-year-old (very precocious) brother James and his mopey, allergy-prone friend Sleepy. She soon learns that the bird is actually a man named Arthur Whitehair, a 19th-century Englishman who had been turned into an eternally-lived pigeon by misreading an ancient spell that was supposed to give him eternal life as a human. Likewise, an unscrupulous colleague of his, named Malman, had been turned into a hawk by Whitehair’s blunder. After years of searching, Whitehair claims (half-truthfully) that Malman has found him hiding in Central Park and is now out for revenge. On top of all this strange business, Jennifer has recently begun having weird dreams in which a crazy-looking man with curly red hair speaks cryptic phrases in Latin. Are they random phrases, or messages? And why would some sketchy guy be sending her messages in her dreams?

Things Are Not What They Seem by Anne Rothman-Hicks, Kenneth Hicks

Things Are Not What They SeemWho says fantasy and adventure, can only be found in faraway places? What if you found it in your own “backyard” and your backyard is New York City? Welcome to the world created by New York authors Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks, grab your transfer cards, your imagination and get ready for Things Are Not What They Seem, a completely enjoyable thrill ride as a group of kids begin their own fantasy adventure into the world of magic, mystery and mayhem, all while trying to stay one step ahead of parental trouble.

They say that anything can happen in New York City, but talking pigeons trying to stay one wing ahead of a cursing hawk? Magical spells gone wrong? Immortality? What first appeared as a prank turns into a race against danger, discovery by the parents and the search for the correct wording of an ancient spell. Hey, these are kids; do you really think they can pull off helping a pigeon become a man again without the parents finding out something’s up or causing havoc and headlines across NYC?

Hop aboard this fantasy adventure train and meet unlikely heroes, the amazing Mr. Bags, visit a museum and discover just what the talking pigeon is hiding and why the hawk REALLY wants him! While you’re at it, discover loyalty to friends and family, acts of kindness and how some pretty awesome parents handle what they do not understand! Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks have taken the city they love and turned it into a huge canvas for a rapid-fire and fun read filled with humor, mystery, caring and daring. Read it to your children; let them read it to you, there is no age limit on good reading!

I received a copy of Things Are Not What They Seem from Ken Hicks and Anne Rothman-Hicks in exchange for my honest review.

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