Publisher: XLIBRIS | Published: October 31, 2017
Title: The Heath Cousins and the Moonstone Cave
Author: Eileen Hobbs | Illustrator: N/A
Theme: Adventure and Teamwork
Character Origin: Human and Animal
Book Type: Chapter Book | Pages: 74
Ages: 8-12 | Book Level: — | Lexile Measure: —
Addie B. and her cousins Jack, Beanie, and Bodie are mourning the loss of their grandmother Winnie. While visiting their grandfather’s beach house in Maine, Addie receives a mysterious treasure box once owned by her grandmother. In it is a moonstone ring and a mysterious poem from her grandmother. The poem leads Addie and her cousins to nearby Moonstone Cave where, together, they enter a secret and magical garden and embark on an adventure of a lifetime. Along the way, they meet wonderful friends like Gemma, who reminds them all of a younger version of their grandmother; Jumani, a large white wolf; and Jadira, a strange and smelly creature whom they grow to love. During the adventure, they learn the most important lesson of all: they must work together if they want to escape the dangers ahead of them and find their way back home.
My overall thoughts…
This book really brought to mind that love can heal the deepest pain and bond together those that, at first sight, are so different. Like many of us, summer is a time that we look forward to doing things we enjoy doing, not forced to do the things we dread. However, sometimes, it’s in the uncomfortable and unexpected moments that we learn the most about ourselves. Hobbs does a great job of merging this concept into a relatable experience that kids can appreciate. She also lovingly addresses loss in a very touching yet meaningful way.
I was drawn into the story right away. Each of Hobbs’ main characters has a layer of complexity that adds to their genuineness and authenticity. It felt as though the reader was alongside the cousins on their adventure. That in itself is no small feat. I enjoyed how fantasy and reality were interwoven together, each telling its own unique story. Additionally, I enjoyed how the story started with the cousins being really separate and sort of incongruent to one another. However, through their shared experiences and individual gifts are they able to overcome the challenges ahead of them.
The font size aligns with the recommended age group for this book. There are only a couple of pictures, but they match well with the text. The chapters are short but are filled with great content and quite descriptive. There was no lag in the story; it flowed well throughout the chapters. The Heath Cousins and the Moonstone Cave is well-written for the audience, and I look forward to reading the other books in the series.
I’ll give it…