Hi Folks, Here is the link to my second review. People who read my book James Saves the Moon really like it. We email the information and they do have the choice to ignore, refuse, or give you a negative review. I am getting positive feed back so far every time I send it out. I thank H.D. for taking the time to read my book and for writing such a nice review.
Here is the link, Bles, WB
The Review– from Reading Writing Breathing Book Reviews
“Review: James Saves The Moon by Wendy Nystrom and Author Interview!
James Saves The Moon
by Wendy Nystrom
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“Here within lies a tale of a young boy named James, which takes place in a far away island nation of Iceland.”
Travel along with James up the mountain, soaring through the air with his friends he meets along the way to reach the moon.
I just want to preface by saying that Wendy is the first author to contact ME about reviewing her book, and it was an honor to read her book for young readers, James Saves The Moon.
I also want to preface by mentioning i’m writing this review as an 8-10 year old, because this book is not for older kids, probably stops at 11 or 12! But nonetheless i was enchanted by this book!
James Saves The Moon is a book i would not normally pick up, because it is aimed at a much younger crowd than what i read and review! I know i have a few adult readers that come to RWB Book Reviews, so this is more for me to tell you that if your child that is between the ages of 8-10, and loves dragons, magic, and folklore, that this is the book you need to buy for him/her! I am a bit of an advanced reader for my age, and i’m 12, and i did not feel this book was for my age group, but if you have a reluctant reader at home this is a quick, easy read that will get your kids really liking to read!
James Saves The Moon is simply put, magical. In a small 32 pages, Wendy wraps up dragons and spells and magic, bravery and moral questions and moral values that is enchanting! James Saves The Moon teaches children multiple lessons about courage, bravery, friendship, wonder, and never giving up. I can’t get over how much magic Wendy has graced the pages of this book with!
This book would not be a book i would just LOOVEEE, because it is written for a really young audience, but i have no doubt that a reluctant reader will be enthralled by the tale of three friends off to save the earth from the moon!
Wendy Nystrom is a writer, a wife, and a mother of three wonderful children. Wendy grew up in St. Paul, MN, and has lived at different points in her life in Minnesota, Texas, Idaho, Colorado, West Virginia, and Iceland. She currently resides in Michigan (USA). Wendy is an avid reader of many different genres; she love adventures; and devotes some of her time to being active in schools, the local library, and other community projects. Wendy began writing children stories in 2005 while living in the wonderful country of Iceland.
What were your inspirations for James Saves the Moon?
My Son inspired the story. While looking out our balcony window, He said “Mom, look at the moon, it is sitting on the mountain, I bet I could go out and climb the mountain and touch it.” Rannveig, my son’s teacher, also gave me books on Iceland folklore, and other children’s stories. The story came to me within a few days. My first draft just had James travel to the mountain and touch it. It was the illustrator-Jim Weidman that suggested I add some type of calamity to the story. After I wrote this story it seemed to unlock an area of my brain I rarely used. The gift of creating and writing a story. It was wonderful.
The book is set in Iceland, why did you decide to have the book take place there?
Our family lived in Akureryi Iceland for Two years.Fall of 2004 to summer 2006.My husband taught at the University. James my son went to 1st and 2nd grade in Iceland. His twin sisters were 2 and 3. We really enjoyed Iceland. It was a good life changing experience. It is a magical place especially for children.
When did you start to write?
In 2005 while living in Iceland.
Are you working on another book for children?
I have finished the second one and have submitted it to my publisher (Solstice Publishing). Waiting to hear if they are going to publish it. It is called Helga Returns. The main Characters travel to a troll village in a mountain. New Illustrator, Kelly Murry. Mr. Weidman retired I owe him much he and his wife Barb mentored me as we worked a whole summer. I have a sneak peak of a couple pictures on my blog wendysbookcase.com
I am currently working on the third book. “Amongst the clouds” Same characters, the trio travel up to fly inside a iridescent cloud and make a fun discovery hidden in the clouds. I have a rough draft of a third which includes Iceland’s 13 Santa’s. Yes they have 13 Santa’s. I am also developing a teen series which expands some of my experiences at a book store my Mom went to to learn about astrology and numerology. I met Witches, Wizards, tarot readers and other psychic folks growing up. Friend of mine suggested I should write some fiction about the New Moon Book Store. This was after visiting a book signing for Holly Black. I am working on a novel called Aliens Among Us. So I keep very busy. I have a folder with book ideas as I think of them. I just purchased a recorder to help me with writing.
What was your favorite part about writing James Saves the Moon?
My favorite part was when I decided to find an Illustrator and then send out my manuscript. It was a fun summer. It was like Christmas every time a new illustration was emailed to me from Mr. Weidman. All the kids in the neighborhood would come over to see the latest Illustration.
While I write I feel like I am with James on his adventure and seeing a feeling everything my characters are. I also like thinking of what traits I would like my character to have and then think about character traits people around me have. The main character of course has some traits my son James does. He is also very creative. Matt the dragon reminds me of a dear friends son in Corpus Christi, TX.
I am very fortunate that I have so many friends and have lived many different places that contribute to my writing, keep me going when I was about to give up. My family have supported me the whole time.
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