Book 1: Elle Burton and the Reflective Portals
Elle Burton is an ordinary kid…or so she thinks. On her tenth birthday she encounters a tiny, fairylike being who comes from a world called Fiori. She begins a journey that leads her into another dimension through reflections. Creatures there called Fiorins are linked to all human life. Other than some children under the age of eight, the only humans who can see Fiorins are guides—people chosen to help protect the children of Earth.
Being a guide seems like the opportunity of a lifetime. Elle has always loved helping others, and now she’ll have magical assistance. But not everybody wants her to succeed. There are evil forces that do everything in their power to keep the guides from offering support to those in need.
“Elle Burton is a great modern day role model who is just trying to help others and make a difference in the world.”
“A beautiful story about universal struggles of children.”
“This is an excellent read for all ages. The book will take your through an emotional journey through the eyes of a child and perhaps your own personal journey as well.”
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Book 2: Missing
Elle’s desperate to find her kidnapped brother. She teams up with the winged warriors from the dimension of Fiori to save him, but JJ isn’t the only one in danger. What will Elle sacrifice to bring her brother home? Can she fulfill the ancient prophecy and restore the magic of the Bronze Pendant?
If you like magical realism you will love this action-packed fantasy for middle-grade readers. Elle Burton’s goal is to rescue her brother. What she discovers is pure evil. The author provides a female role model who strives to overcome her flaws and inspire kids everywhere.
“The story is full of danger, thrills, suspense, monsters, heroes and heroines, grief, humor, joy, friends and family, and even a little bit of romance: all those elements that make a great story. McAloon has proven herself to be a master storyteller.”
“Peggy McAloon has a deft hand at creating magical worlds and realistic characters.”
“The adventures of Elle are both suspenseful and loving. Looking forward to book 3!”
CIR: What inspired this series?
McALOON: As a child who suffered unspeakable abuse, I watched the statistics continue to rise on child abuse each year. I decided whatever we’re doing isn’t making a difference for the children who suffer so greatly. I took the things that helped me through the toughest times in life (books, a belief in guardian angels, and imagination) to create a story to inspire kids in trouble to find someone to help rather than keep their secret. The publisher cut the last 100 pages of Elle Burton and the Reflective Portals, saying it was too long at 376 pages. It took me 6 months to expand what I thought was an ending into a bonafide stand-alone book.
CIR: Wow! Given that reviewers have said you’ve created a great role model for children, can you tell us more about the girl, Elle Burton?
McALOON: Elle Burton is the kind of kid we all hope our children become. She doesn’t always make the best decisions, but she has empathy for others, has a strong belief system, and will do whatever is necessary to help those in trouble. She struggles with her own personal loss of a father in Afghanistan as she attempts to live up to the challenges in her own life and the lives of the friends and neighbors she cherishes. She continues to try to improve and make better decisions as she learns from each experience. She’s cute and feisty and doesn’t hesitate to out-con a con man. She’s the kid I always wanted to be.
CIR: That is inspiring, indeed. What do you hope readers take away from their experience with Elle?
McALOON: To always have a “Kind Heart”. To find help if someone is hurting you. To stand up to bullies or turn your life around if you are one. To believe there will always be someone to listen when you are hurting. To find the courage to stand up to the social injustices we all face.
CIR: Is there any more coming?
McALOON: Scrolls of Destiny is currently in progress.
Due to the nature of the themes addressed in this series, the authors are providing an additional resource! Each book in the series will have a Parental Discussion Sheet written by Catherine Gruener, M.A., M.A., LCPC, NCC. Ms. Gruener is a licensed clinical professional counselor and nationally certified counselor who has years of experience treating anxiety, depression, and adjustment issues in childhood and adolescents. The discussion sheet for the first book can be found at peggyshope4u.com