Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer by Lily Mae Walters
Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer
Title: Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer
Author: Lily Mae Walters
Genre: Children’s fiction
Release date: 10th June 2018
Josie James is an ordinary 13 year old until something extraordinary happens during her summer holidays.
Whist staying at her Great Grandmother’s cottage in the country she finds herself swept into the cursed world of Suncroft where it is perpetual winter.
Her new friends believe she could be the Chosen One who it is foretold will lift the curse, but there are more pressing matters.
The Teardrops of Summer – magical crystals that render the owner immortal – have been stolen. Along with her telepathic husky-dog Protector Asher and her new friends, Josie must race to find the
Teardrops and prevent catastrophe for their world.
First of all I love the cover of this book. It immediately drew my eye and if I saw this on a shelf in a shop I would have put it in my basket. I would have to know what lay behind the open doorway; I am one of those people who love old quirky doors for the stories they could tell and this one hides a highly imaginative and colourful, the first book in a series. Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer has sprinkles of magic seen in the classics of Tom’s Midnight Garden and The Chronicle of Narnia. Josie is a natural heroine and the characters she meets are memorable and delightful, especially Asher the cockney talking dog and the places she visits are enchanting; I long to explore the streets of Suncroft myself. As an adult I was eager to find out more so it will be a great read for younger audience. My only regret is my daughter is too old to read this. It has everything she would have loved when she a few years ago – a realistic, independent, and intelligent protagonist, magic, huskies and secretive adventures. It would have been a joy to snuggle up under the duvet and share this book together.
Would I recommend?
Perfect reading for 7 – 11 years who need a little bit of magic and adventure.
Lily Mae Walters chose her pen name in honour of her beloved grandparents who also stare in the Josie James series.
She is married with two teenage children, and two huskies that are the inspiration behind Murphy and Asher in the books.
Lily Mae lives in Nuneaton, England and finds herself using local places and even her old school in her stories.
Family and friends mean the world to Lily Mae and many will find themselves popping up throughout the series.
Lily Mae also writes for adults under the name of Florence Keeling.
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