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Author: Andrew Oliver

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Publisher: Adams-Pomeroy Press,

Material: paperback

Summary: It's October and Martha Marie (10) and her brother Robbie (5) have a day off from school. While Martha began clearing breakfast dishes, Robbie began rocking on his toy pony. When Martha realized Robbie and Tony are missing, she begins a search, that ultimately takes her to Scarecrow Land. This is an imaginative fantasy is a novel in verse.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 13; read yourself: 12 and Up

Interest Level: 12 and Up

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: The fantasy is quite intriguing, but not nearly as incredible as telling the story completely in rhyming verse. The author does an incredible job enchanting you with rhyme, but not at the expense of telling a great story.

Pros: The book moves quickly and you readily share Martha's emotions on the journey to find her brother. The pictures scattered throughout the book are a nice complement and add visual depth. The vocabulary is sophisticated; these are not "roses are red/violets are blue" couplets.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy, especially if you love fantasy stories.

If You Liked This Book, Try: LILIES ON THE MOON   THE FESTIVAL OF STONES; Autumn and Winter Tales of Tiptoes Lightly   CYNTHIA'S ATTIC: THE MISSING LOCKET

Educational Themes: The story offers additional learning on several levels. First, there is the use of imagination and "what if" and "what would you do" ideas. The poetry offers a way of introducing the genre as a story-telling vehicle, not just short topical pieces.

Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, adventure, poetry, rhyme, novel in verse

Date(s) Reviewed: July 2006

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