Koller's young-adult novel If I Had One Wish was adapted into a Disney Channel Original Movie under the title You Wish!. It would be an excellent book to give your young teenagers to subtly reinforce the Christian message you are trying to teach them at home. She is the author of The Dragonling and A Dragon in the Family. I also noticed in this book there were several made up words in the beginning and were kindly defined in the footnotes of the page but that really tapered off through the rest of the book so it seemed kind of pointless. I mean, what's strength and courage if you're hard? She battles the forces of Evil and Ignorance, using all her strength and courage to defeat them. I listened to the audio book and that would be appropriate for a slightly younger group.
Also, the audio version leaves a lot to be desired in what should have been great moments of excitement because the reader never put more emotion in to any of the peril moments than she did the casual exchanges. The ending might not seem conclusive, but it's enough for book one, and it resolves the plot's conflict not necessarily the overall conflict. I quite enjoyed revisiting it. It's a book that I read as a child and enjoyed, though it never became one of my favorites; I read The Song of the Lioness around the same time, which is quite similar but targeted toward an older audience, and I definitely preferred it to this. The writing is pedestrian and the fantasy world pretty run-of-the-mill, the good vs evil is straightforward, etc. As a teenager and then an adult though, it lost most of it's charm.
I'll probably find and re-read the others too. They can also be downloaded to virtually any smart phone. But the present Imperial Wizard, Keeper of the Light that protects Eldearth, is aging and ill. Because its written for kids it's not too deep or anything, but the world building is still done well. I await volume 4 to see if a fresh approach is taken or if it is time to set this series aside. Well, I actually found the audiobook.
If an apprentice isn't found soon, the kingdom will be overtaken by the evil powers of the dark Lord Graieconn. But because she is a girl, she won't even get the chance to try -- her father forbids it. To save the kindgom she must set out to find the Imperial Wizard and convince him to take her as an apprentice even though she's not a boy. Please allow up to 48 hours for the information. During her difficult and dangerous journey, Nell learns much about her land that she never knew, and proves that she can be brave when she needs to. Girls of ten or so will probably enjoy this because Nell is a princess and she has a pet dragon and a heart-shaped pendant with a magic ruby and she learns magic and she defies social conventions about what girls can't do.
Well, we do our best to improve your experience with our service, and we make sure that you can download all files in various document formats. Also, I think this is a 2. I would have liked a brief conclusion on Owen's side of the adventure. She lives and writes in western Massachusetts. Because time isn't just short. Jackie French Koller has been a storyteller since the sixth grade, when she amused her friends by spinning tales on the playground. All the boys who tried it failed.
Target Audience: 9 years and up. There's better children's lit out there, and I'd rather she set her standards a bit higher. If you're into fantasy that goes into feminism you'll like this. Yet this young girl has much to learn about the difference between slavery and service. All I remember is that a princess, I think, wants to become a keeper or whatever and she goes on a three day journey or however long it takes, where she can only go alone and she acquires a dragon and a something else and cannot eat or drink anything except for a sip of water at sunset.
My 12 year old son and I enjoyed the story and will be getting the next book. Still, it picks up by the end, so further stories may be more enticing and better written. It plays off a lot of familiar themes in fantasy and contains the classic good versus evil storyline. Princess Arnelle is determined to prove that the proclamation is foolish and embarks on the difficult quest required of a hopeful Apprentice Keeper. The law of Eldearth claims that only a boy can be a wizard and Keeper of the Light. Young readers who love magical fantasy tales featuring strong girl characters are sure to enjoy this first book in an enchanting trilogy. But, the recent wizards haven't been as powerful, and consequently evil things are starting to creep back into the above-world.
One qualm: Nell acted a lot older than eleven. Princess Arnelle is determined to prove that the proclamation is foolish and embarks on the difficult quest required of a hopeful Apprentice Keeper. But their journey is threatened when a key member of the party is captured, leaving the remaining companions to find Fenworth, attempt an impossible rescue, and recover the egg whose true value they have not begun to suspect? It is for children, and for that tone it's a great book. Koller's young-adult novel If I Had One Wish was adapted into a Disney Channel Origina Jackie French Koller born 1948 is an American author of picture books, chapter books, and novels for children and young adults. Perhaps a 10-year-old would enjoy it, but I think I might take it right back to the Goodwill, rather than inflict myself a second time by gifting it over to the kid I bought it for.