Thursday, December 20, 2012

Review: Minder by J. Kabay


Title: Minder
Author: J. Kabay

Oh, Parents. If you knew what was inside that security blanket, you'd never throw it away. Childhood is governed from a sacred place within the trees, lit by fireflies, and overseen by ancient souls devoted to the sanctity of youth. Some kids are lucky enough to visit this place, but mortal danger arises for Sophia, who arrives uninvited. Readers are carried through a whimsical, often nail-biting adventure as brother and sister confront every parent's worst nightmare. Dragons and fairies are alive and well in this old-world tale, where scary things happen to children who ignore their Minders.
P.S. Childhood ends at 30. And this book proves it.

So, I want to start out by saying that I know this author personally, and as Ive mentioned before, im always wary to read (or see, or hear)something that someone I know has created because of two things. First, what if you don't like it? What if when you read it, its just not that good? How do you say that to someone you know? And second, your expectations are a certain way, and what if it fails to meet your expectations only because you know this person...

Well, I have to say that this was an amazing tale of epic proportions, that did not disappoint! I am so glad that I decided to buy and read this book! And really, Im honored to know the author!

The story follows a brother and sister on their journey to the other side, to where the minders live. See, minders are like imaginary friends, or guides (but in my mind I was thinking guardian angels) and they live in a world parallel to ours, helping and guiding children as they grow.

Sophia has a minder who lives within her doll. And her older brother, Harvey doesn't believe her. When he accidently throws her doll into the portal to this world, he decides to go through it to get this doll. But oh man, was he in for a rude awakening.

You follow him down the... rabbit hole, so to speak, where he meets dangerous monsters, large talking dragon flies, and lying ladybugs, along with some great wonderful creatures also, like the daughter of Mother Nature and time.
You learn not only about truth and responsibility, but how to face your fears and show the people you love, that you do love them!

Also, the illustrations were perfect!
Here is one:

I was so captivated by this story that I read the whole thing in just a few short hours.
I would recommend this book to middle graders and even adults, who want to relive their childhood (and maybe figure out what the tooth fairy does with your teeth)

Rating: 5 stars!

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