In the picture postcard village of Blossom Brook, Eliza Bluebell arrives changing the lives of the locals forever. With the help of her playful shadow, Eliza transforms an empty shop on the High Street into the heart and soul of the village. Find out how and read this fantastical story about friendship, butterflies and fairy cakes.
This book entices the reader into a new and magical world that appeals to both kids and adults. The reader can explore how the ordinary in life can be extraordinarily overlooked, how friendship can help you overcome life’s difficulties and how accepting yourself is the biggest challenge of all.
Reading this story is a truly magical and uplifting experience that should not be missed. Read it today!
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This was a delightful little story about a young woman named Eliza who, with help from her shadow, brings joy and happiness to the village of Blossom Brooke. I have been lucky enough to read two other short stories by this author, and this one is my favorite so far. I always enjoy it when a book makes me smile the entire time I read it, and there is just something so sweet about a story that’s written with children in mind and can still be enjoyed by adults. This book fed the kid in me.
It is perfect to read to or with younger children. In fact, I found myself wishing I had a child to read this with me so I could have an excuse to use all of the funny voices I assigned to each character. I had a lot of fun reading about Eliza and her magical shadow, and I know a child would have appreciated it even more. Plus it would have been fun to giggle along with them instead of just giggling to myself.
Eliza waltzes into Blossom Brooke one day, and proceeds to make life a little better for each and every person who lives there. Most of the chapters are devoted to her helping out one person or another, and there is an overall feeling of whimsy positivity that is felt throughout the book.
One thing I love about this author’s books, is the way she takes the seemingly ordinary and makes it extraordinary. First she makes the ability to clean up dust seem like a superpower in her Delilah Dusticle series, and now shadows have become the best friend a girl, (or anyone for that matter) could ever have. Yes, I said “shadows” Eliza’s shadow was possibly the most important and certainly the most enjoyable character in this entire story. If you don’t believe that shadows can be that interesting, pick up a copy of this book and see for yourself.
In a world when kids have to grow up too fast, and constantly need to be entertained by one electronic after another, it was nice to read a story that revolves everyday people with just a little bit of magic thrown in to make things interesting.
This is the type of book I wish I had read more when I was younger, and it’s the type of book I hope to read to my own children some day. It was short, sweet, fed my imagination, and had some really great lessons about things like not judging a book by it’s cover, forgiveness, and being a good friend hidden among all the funny scenes. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to children of all ages, but I would heartily suggest that you read this story to that special little one in your life. You won’t regret the fun I am sure you will have together.
This book is clean, but the reading level is suitable for ages 8-11.
When Eliza Bluebell came to town, no one in Blossom Brook could pinpoint the exact moment or day, just that she magically appeared and changed this tiny town forever. What the townsfolk didn’t know was that Eliza brought her best friend, her shadow, with her. Full of love and joy and veiled by a sparkly mystery, Eliza spread her magic throughout the town, while teaching a lesson to those she touched.
Does A. J. York sprinkle pixie dust over her words? Eliza Bluebell is a magical treat designed for younger readers, that gently draws them in with her detailed descriptions of each scene and each event. If any book could create a true reader out of a child, the positive atmosphere and sunny disposition of Eliza and her best friend can do it! Be a magical hero yourself, and share the gift of wonderful, positive reading with a child! Let them learn the value of imagination and the fun of Eliza’s deeds.
I received this copy from A.J. York in exchange for my honest review.
Quick, lively and entertaining reading specifically written for children ages 8 to 12, A. J. York's fantasy trilogy is very highly recommended for family, middle school and community library collections. Enthusiastic young readers will look forward to Delilah Dusticle's next thrilling adventures!