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Four Fantasy Novels That Impacted Our Young Lives

Here at Blue Moon Publishers, we are thrilled to be celebrating the release of Jaime Lee Mann’s new middle-grade fantasy novel, Elora of Stone, the first in the magical “Legend of Rhyme” series. While working on this novel, our thoughts turned to the fantasy books that we read as children, and that impacted us at a young age. Here are a few of our favourite childhood fantasy novels:

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit is on everybody’s minds these days, but it is the film version – not the book – that is currently garnering the attention. Let’s not forget that the massive Lord of the Rings franchise was born of a slender children’s novel about a humble hobbit who steps out of his comfort zone and goes on an adventure. This novel instilled in many youngsters a love of fantasy, and prompted readers around the world to delve into Tolkien’s vast world of Middle Earth.

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Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit

Tuck Everlasting is a fantasy novel that was read to my classmates and I by my grade three teacher many years ago, but remains in my memory to this day. The story of a family that discovers the secret to eternal life enthralled the group of young students after recess each morning, as we became caught up in a tale that seemed entirely possible and real. I would not be surprised if this novel inspired some of my classmates to give independent reading a try for the first time.

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“The Chronicles of Narnia” Series by C. S. Lewis

“The Chronicles of Narnia” series was one that I devoured voraciously as a child. Although these books took some dark allegorical turns and addressed some weighty subject matter, they remain some of my favourite fantasy books to this day. I consumed all things “Narnia,” including the books, the films, and even several plays. I am especially glad that I was able to read this series years after it was written in full; I cannot imagine having to wait for the next book to come out to discover what was happening in the world of Narnia!

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Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Another children’s novel that takes a serious turn, Bridge to Terabithia introduced many young readers to the subject of death in a gentle and sensitive manner. Although I remember crying as I read this novel, its emotional impact was positive overall, and this sentiment is shared by many with whom I have discussed this impactful work. Like many books for children, this novel can be enjoyed and appreciated by adults and young readers alike, and is a favourite that I return to even now, later in life.

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Elora of Stone is currently available for purchase on Amazon and booksellers can purchase print copies via Ingram.

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