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by Michelle Isenhoff

If you owned a pen that wrote the future, would you use it? What if the consequences spread like ripples in a pond? What if they raged out of control? What if the pen demanded a tribute…in blood?

Micah Randall has found such a pen.  One that’s ensnared him in a curse dating back generations. One that’s devastated two families and now threatens his whole New England village. But how can Micah destroy the pen when it offers him his only chance at the future he dreams of?

“This enchanting tale targets a young audience, but can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. A great book to sit around a fire and read out loud as a family. Parents and teachers, you’ll find fantastic nuggets to discuss in this story.”


“After I’d read it, I said to my husband that I could imagine this book being studied by children at school… it’s that amazing!” 

“This has got to be one of the VERY BEST books I’ve had the pleasure of reading this year… actually, make that EVER. Simply superb!”

CIR:  Who is going to like The Quill Pen?

ISENHOFF:  This one is written for middle graders, but I’ve received many comments from adults who’ve been caught up in the fantasy.  One reviewer who reads only adult fiction picked it up during a free promo and devoured it.  He said it dawned on him halfway through that it was children’s literature, but he didn’t care.  He had to finish.  I also received an email from a 79-year-old man who read it and encouraged me to “keep writing for us kids!”

CIR:  What else have readers enjoyed?

ISENHOFF:  I get lots of comments about my descriptive word pictures and my prose.  I love to see beautiful language in books I pick up.  I also enjoy creating it in my own novels.

CIR:  What do you hope your readers will get out of this book?

ISENHOFF: First of all, enjoyment.  My number one goal is always to provide an entertaining escape from reality.  But I hope The Quill Pen will also make readers stop for just a moment and consider the results of their actions.  As Sanjay says, “That lake is like our world.  Each one of us, each life, is a drop of water, and together we fill up a whole ocean.  If even one tiny drop becomes disturbed, it bumps into others, and soon the whole ting moves, like ripples in a pond.  If I were to start tampering with my future, meddling where I didn’t belong, I would have no way of foreseeing what my interference might do to the drops all around me, and the ones all around those.  Pretty soon, I might have the whole ocean rocking in a storm that raged out of control.”

You can learn more about Michelle Isenhoff and her books on her blog, Or, you can find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Lia London, host of this site, has read this book and recommends it as a thought-provoking, adventurous read.  See review here.