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Jeff Gunhus
Caroline and Mordecai the Gand
Jeff Gunhus, author
While Caroline mourns the recent loss of her father, she falls through a window into a different world. She meets Mordecai the Gand who helps her navigate this new world and helps her learn the lesson that will allow her to return home.

Semi Finalist

Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 9 out of 10
Overall: 9.25 out of 10


Plot: Engaging and thought-provoking, this well-structured novel offers a perspective that will stick with readers after the final page is turned.

Prose: Well-written throughout, the prose is smooth and focused; Gunhus is a natural storyteller with experience.

Originality: Using metaphors, the author has created an original way of thinking about life and loss.

Character Development: The characters here are smart, understanding, and very likable. Readers will care about Caroline and want her to succeed.

Date Submitted: August 12, 2018