Reviewer Candace Lybarger: Candace is a young wife, mother, and lover of all books. She received her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from The Ohio State University. Candace taught 3rd grade until an opportunity presented itself where she could work from home and be with her toddler. In addition to spending time with her family, Candace enjoys reading, music, history, traveling, and spending time outdoors. Her perfect day in a nutshell would be sitting in the sun with a book...or two!
Author: E.G. Carter
E. G. Carter's novel, Carlousia: The Passing of the Guard, is a coming of age story that will grab the attention of boys and girls everywhere. Carlousia can be classified in the Modern Children's Fantasy genre because it takes place in an imaginary world with unusual beings. The novel really has it all: action, adventure, good vs evil, and a new and exciting world. What makes it better is that the story is told from the point of view of 10 year old Eddie.
Eddie grew up with his Grandfather telling him stories of his crazy adventures in make-believe Carlousia. Eddie hung on every word of his grandfather's stories. However, on Pop's deathbed he made a secret confession to Eddie: all of his tales of Carlousia were real and it was up to Eddie to take up the family legacy and become the next Guardian of Carlousia. After being led through a secret portal by his protector, Wahhaha, Eddie found himself in the library of Torgy, a Chosen one whose job was to support the Guardians. Here, Eddie learned that he came from a long line of Guardians and it was his turn to save the inhabitants of Carlousia from an evil dictator that was intent on destroying first Carlousia, and next- our world.
Carlousia struck me as a cross between Lewis' The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Pullman's His Dark Materials series. The three boys are 10 years old as they leave their home in small town America and travel to Carlousia. However, as they exit the portal they instantly become 16 year old men. Having the mind of a 10 year old but body of a teenager, Eddie soon realizes that many things are different in Carlousia. Eddie realizes that in order to save the world of Carlousia he is going to need to fight his fears and trust his friends.
With my experience as an elementary school teacher, I believe Carlousia is an excellent read-aloud for fifth graders and up. There are many lessons that children can take from Carlousia and the constant action will leave the kids begging for more. Additionally, Carter does a great job in creating characters who value loyalty and friendship.
E. G. Carter's, Carlousia:
The Passing of the Guard, is a fresh fantasy story that I definitely
recommend to lovers of Children's Lit. Carlousia is full of
imaginative people, places, and objects that children, as well as
adults, will find fascinating. Carlousia will definitely go on
my bookshelf so that I can read it to my daughter in a few years!
I look forward to the next installment in this great series!
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