by Mikey Brooks
13-year-old Aaron was chosen to save their world, but it might come at the cost of losing his own… Breaking into an old lady’s basement was supposed to reward Aaron with new friends. Instead he finds an enchanted amulet that transports him to another world—one at war with magic. Before he knows it, he is accused of witchcraft and invited to a bonfire—where he’s the main attraction. If that’s not bad enough, a goblin army shows up and toasts the town…literally. The good news: Aaron escapes being charbroiled. The bad news: the goblins are after him. They want his amulet and will stop at nothing to get it. Battling to find his way home, Aaron teams up with a not-so-magical-wizard and learns it’s his fate to destroy the amulet and save this new world. But is he willing to sacrifice his own?
“Brooks doesn’t just create a world, he puts you inside of it.”
“The fantasy elements were fresh and fun, and it’s an easy read so I imagine even reluctant readers will be willing to take the plunge… Oh, and it *totally* needs to be made into a movie! Some of the scenes in this are epic excitement!”
“A fast paced, riveting book that will keep your tween completely engaged.”
CIR: What would you compare this book to?
BROOKS: This could easily be compared to The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis, or more recent The Beyonders series, by Brandon Mull.
CIR: What do you hope your readers will get out of this book?
BROOKS: Aaron wants what most kids want: to have friends. The sad part is that he is going about it the wrong way. He is trying to be someone he’s not to fit in. I hope kids take away that it’s okay to be themselves. No matter what people think, you were made to stand out. You were meant to be YOU.
CIR: Speaking of standing out, what makes this book outstanding?
BROOKS: There are lots of books where kids find a gateway to a magical world. So that part I can say isn’t new. What is unique is the fact that Aaron is brought to this world because he is destined to save. However, if he saves this world, he might not ever be able to return to his own. Aaron faces a HUGE decision and learns a lesson about sacrifice and hope.
CIR: What themes do you address in this book?
BROOKS: A big theme is sacrifice. Although this quote is never mentioned in the book, I feel it helped write it. “Never, Ever, sacrifice what you want the most, for what you want most at the moment.” –James A. Owen. I love this quote so much it hangs on the wall next to where I write. I hope every reader can take away a glimpse of what I was trying to relate in writing this book.
Learn more about Mikey Brooks at www.insidemikeysworld.com
Lia London, host of this site, read this book at totally recommends it for adventurous souls 10 to 100! See my review here.