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Sophia Freeman and the Mysterious Fountain
T.X. Troan, author
EARTH AWAKENED ... SEED PLANTED ... PATH REVEALED. Sophia Freeman, eleven-year-old daughter of billionaire Jerri Freeman, has wanted to be an artist since the day she first held a pencil. Her father doesn’t approve, calling it her silly dream. Even worse, Dad has neglected Sophia since her mother—her greatest supporter—passed away two years ago. After Dad purchases an island to expand his empire, to Sophia’s surprise, he invites her along for the day to visit the island, expressing hopes of them growing closer. Unfortunately, the trip turns into a nightmare. The place is no ordinary island—it’s a land of magic. After barely escaping an attack by a dark guardian, Sophia sprints to reunite with her father, but discovers his boat is fleeing, leaving her alone and helpless. As Sophia despairs, feeling betrayed and hopeless, Silimon, a tree boy, comes to her aid. After spending time together and becoming familiar with the island, she is intrigued by the highly evolved creatures and their society, but is overwhelmed by their power of spells. The moment Sophia thinks her situation can’t get any crazier, she is shocked to learn the island is under a deadly eternal curse. All living things are rapidly decaying and soon nothing and no one—including herself—will be left alive. According to the tree people’s predictions, Sophia is the Chosen One, come to save them from the looming disaster. But her body is deteriorating, and the only way to prolong her life so she can break the curse is to drink the sacred water from the mysterious guarded fountain. With her life waning, she gathers her courage and focuses on her spell training in order to survive the journey to the magical fountain. Can Sophia and her companions reach the fountain and defeat the guardian before time runs out?
Reviews
Grant Leishman, Author of Just a Drop in the Ocean

"It is a fine balance between scaring a young audience half to death and imparting a great moral lesson. I think Troan has found that balance well in this tale. It hits all the right notes in action and character development and imparts a wonderful lesson to young readers. As an aged 'child' myself, I can recommend this book very highly."

Mimzy Lassiter, Writer

"Possibly the Next Harry Potter Like Book Series?
When I decided to read this book I didn’t know what to expect, but as I continued to read it, I was drawn in. The author has an interesting imagination so it was a bit challenging at times to envision some of the whimsical characters he described. In that regard, the art work really brought the characters to life. By the end of the story I found I wanted to know more. I wanted to delve deeper into this magical , simple yet dangerous world. All in all, I found the story a fun read filled with what sometimes seemed like metaphors of humanity, creation, spirituality, and the power of positive thinking. I enjoyed the book. I think the book would be a good one for a parent to read to their child, or an adult who wants an escape into a mysterious world."

Natalie Dulaney, Fantasy Lover

T.X. Troan proves that middle school age girls can solve mysteries and have adventures, even when there’s danger involved in his young adult novel Sophia Freeman and the Mysterious Fountain.

While the story does follow the adventures of Sophia on the mysterious island her father bought, the author has written a book that will appeal to readers of all ages. Young boys and girls will identify with Sophia and Tim. Parents will also appreciate the small lessons that the author weaves into the narrative. Sophia Freeman and the Mysterious Fountain is more than a young adult adventure story. It is also a book with several valuable lessons to teach.

Readers learn that having material possessions doesn’t necessarily equal happiness. Sophia’s father just purchased an island but all she wants is for him to spend more time with her. Young boys and girls will also identify with her frustration and sense of curiosity. What is perhaps two of the most important lessons author T.X. Troan is trying to get across is a love and respect for nature, along with a sense of responsibility for your actions.
“A burst of energy scattered throughout her body bringing waves of the tree’s memories. She was frozen in shock as the tree revealed the deep suffering of the earth she thought she knew.”

The author has an easy and descriptive writing style that will draw readers in and capture their imaginations. It will be easy for them to picture the Guardians along with the islands “demons”. The plot is slightly complex but not too difficult to follow along, and there’s plenty of action to keep everyone fully engrossed until the last chapter.

The author does leave readers hanging at the end of the novel but T.X. Troan hints that this is not the end of Sophia Freeman’s adventures.

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