Friday, October 23, 2009

Bookworms listen up!!!!

Oh, oh, OH!!!! I am so glad our library sends "arrived hold" notices under the heading "Overdues"--gets my attention EVERY TIME(we pay enough overdue fines to have our own special WING built at the library! UGH! HOMESCHOOLERS!!!!!!)! At any rate, I digress.

I just received note that a new sound recording my daughter requested is IN--and it reminded me that I wanted to mention the BOOK here, just in case anyone who reads my ramblings actually takes anything away from it and is looking for something REALLY GOOD to read, say, to a son or daughter or a grandkid or niece/nephew or school class or something. . .or even just would like a really rip-roaring good story for YOU to read because you like kids' books better than adult fiction, always(like me), and you've read The Chronicles of Narnia repeatedly and could use something new besides Tolkein because that is REALLY a committment . . . I digress again.

Singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson has written a book(actually two, but this is about the first one because my family has not finished the second book yet--reading aloud as a family has definite rewards, but it takes so LONG to finish something, which is pure torture when you get into a story and WORRY about the characters like C and I do--ANYWAY!!!!). The title, which I mentioned in a Friday post a few weeks ago, is On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness.

The story begins as the Igiby children are finishing their chores in anticipation of the Dragon Day Festival in their little village of Glipwood--a small town built on the edge of the Dark Sea in the land of Skree--a "free" country that has been overtaken by the lizard-like Fangs of Dang who answer to a Great Evil know as Gnag the Nameless. The Igibys--Janner, Tink, and Leeli, are normal kids with normal kid dreams, but they also live in fear of the Black Carriage which comes and takes children away in the night, never to be seen again.

All the perils of foreign occupation aside, they have learned to live happy lives--captivity being all they've ever known-- and having a wonderful family with their mother and grandfather, and children being children.

On the day of the Dragon Day festival, though, odd things begin to happen. An unpleasant encounter with one of the lizardesque Fangs who has a grudge problem starts an unraveling of their lives that will change almost everything. They discover their family has secrets, learning things about their mother, their long-dead father, and their grandfather that they could never have imagined. They begin to hear tales of and to long for a far-away place that actually seems more like home than the home they've always known, and they begin to have ADVENTURES.

Aerwiar(pronounced "here-we-are")is a world populated with many strange creatures; there are Horned Hounds, Bumpy Digtoads, Toothy Cows, and Thwaps(my family's personal favorites) to keep things interesting, and perilous.

All in all the book is full of humor and fun mixed up with the realistic love of family who would do anything to help one another, odd encounters with eccentric characters(did I manage to get this far without mentioning Peet the Sock Man?), and page-turning, heart-racing, run-for-your-lives and pray-to-the-Maker escapades. It is full of real fun and real fear coupled with real hope, all of which are necessary for a really good story to be, well, REAL.

My Redhead told me last week, "Mom, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness is such a good story, it's so sad that it's just a STORY and not REAL."

And yes, that is true, unless one is glad to live in a world where evil is not nameless, and the Maker is intimately involved in the lives of His creation, and where we have The Book that tells us what happens at the end(I admit that while reading the On the Edge. . . . I wanted to skip to the end more than once, just to make myself feel better and quit worrying about the Igibys!).

All good stories, after all, give us glimpses of His Story--the One who spins the story of our lives and holds all things together by His Word(Hebrews 1:3).

The book is available on Amazon. You can find out more about the Igiby family at



Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Ooh ooh! We are a family of bookworms and this title sounds right up my sons alley. Thank you for the heads up!

April said...

i hope you all enjoy it, Laura! let me know what you think!