The Hole in the Sky is a fantasy novel about the journey through loss and the choice we make to harden our hearts or open again to greater kindness and compassion. It targets ages 8-12 with strong crossover appeal for adults.
Still struggling with anger and grief two years after her mother's death, thirteen-year-old Kaela Neuleaf wishes for some magic in her life. That very evening the answer to her heart's longing arrives in the form of a tiny being who whisks Kaela and her cousin Shawn through the hole in the sky to Muratenland, a beautiful land ensnared in a terrible curse.
Kaela and Shawn are brought before the King and Queen and hear of an ancient prophecy foretelling of Kaelaís arrival. Kaela is the one that can break the curse, but she has only two days to rescue the King and Queenís kidnapped baby from an evil warlord who is bent on revenge against the people of Muratenland.
On her journey Kaela finds beauty and adventure, a bevy of strange and magical friends ... and deadly enemies. Kaela must face her deepest fears and embrace her hidden strengths, but to finally break the curse she will have to choose between hardening to life or opening to greater kindness and compassion for all beings.
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Barbara A. Mahler was amazed when the wizzen Netri showed up in her life. Night after night he woke her up and told her stories about a land on the other side of the hole in the sky. She wrote down his tales and the result is her first full-length novel. In addition to writing Barbara practices Traditional Oriental Medicine. She divides her time between her homes in Boulder, Colorado and Malibu, California.Review:
I read this book from cover to cover in the span of a few hours. I felt like I was cheating myself of Kaela and her new extraordinary and supernatural friends whenever I put it down to eat. This book doesn t contain an extraneous word or a boring scene. The story flows from page to page like a beautiful clear stream. In the end, I still craved for more of Kaela Neuleaf and her cousin Shawn. --Gema Mora, Radical Parenting
The presentation of the book from its beautiful cover to the map to the book mark ribbons would be a disappointment if the author, Barbara A. Mahler, had not written a story to warrant such an amazing presentation....The book made me wish I had a young daughter and we could read it together. --Julie Marie Totsch, Blogcritics
I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of The Hole in the Sky by Barbara A. Mahler. ... I read this story and couldn't put it down! I finished it in a few night reading it before bed. Much like absolute favorite young adult books, the Twilight Saga books, The Hole in the Sky is for teens, but could certainly be read by a young adult or adult even, and you'd love it just as much! I would absolutely recommend this wonderful book for the upcoming holidays. --Mary512, 512KIDZ
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