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When he is pulled into another world called Timmra, Jackson finds he must fight the horrible monster Baen and unite two warring peoples, the Faron and the Yakonan.
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Tom Birdseye grew up in North Carolina and Kentucky, an ardent fan of anything that smacked of sports, crawdads, mud balls, forts built in the woods, secret codes, bicycles without fenders, butter pecan ice cream, and snow. He was, however, decidedly uninterested in writing-or any academic aspect of school, for that matter-never imagining that at the age of thirty-five he would become a published author. He is the author of well-received children's books such as Attack of the Mutant Underwear, a Georgia Children's Book Award finalist, and A Tough Nut to Crack. He lives in Corvallis, Oregon, with his wife, Debbie and two daughters, Kelsey and Amy. When not writing or in classrooms talking with children and teachers about the writing process, he enjoys skiing, rock and mountain climbing, ski mountaineering, backpacking, mountain biking, kayaking, running, playing the string bass, and reading.From School Library Journal:
Grade 4-6-In this fantasy adventure, 13-year-old Jackson Cooper discovers a magic amulet that takes him to a society akin to the early Middle Ages. Here, Jackson, taunted as a wimp at home, is hailed as a hero, drawing false confidence from the magic stone. However, during a battle with a rival tribe, it summons a monstrous demon called the Baen, which kills or wounds many people. Jackson follows the Baen into a hellish abyss in search of the Shaw-Mara, an enchanted flute made from the demon's teeth, which will bring peace. After returning the flute to the tribes, Jackson is transported home with the maturity and courage to face the challenges of his own world. A few aspects of the story are not well explained. Jackson's gold chain, a gift from his father, appears to call up the Baen's stone amulet from a cave wall and bind the boy to the demon. Jackson sees his father's tortured image, turned to stone, in the Baen's abysmal subterranean landscape. What is this horrific underworld? How is the father, a short-tempered, unemployed mill worker, in league with a demon from an alternative universe? The open, awkward character of Jackson is appealing, but his dialogue seems dated. While the theme that hatred and prejudice can take the form of a war, a demon, or a bully is satisfying, significant details are too unresolved, and Jackson's discovery of the meaning of courage is a bit heavy-handed.
Valerie Diamond, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD
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