Sunday, 6 October 2013

CM Magazine Recommends The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden!

 CM . . . . Volume XX Number 5. . . .October 4, 2013
coverThe Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden.
Philippa Dowding.
Toronto, ON: Dundurn, January, 2014.
200 pp., trade pbk., PDF & EPub, $9.99 (pbk.), $12.99 (PDF), $8.99 (Epub).
ISBN 978-1-4597-0735-1 (pbk.),
ISBN 978-1-4597-0736-8 (PDF),
ISBN 978-1-4597-0737-5 (EPub).

Grades 3 and up / Ages 8 and up.

Review by Stephanie Dror.

*** /4

Reviewed from Advance Reading Copy.

CM Magazine has given my forthcoming book, The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden,
3 out of 4 stars and their much-coveted "Recommended" status. Thank you CM, I'm very honoured!

It's a good review. Here are some of the highlights:

"Gwendolyn Golden is an average kid with average kid problems. She is going through puberty, has anger management issues, and problems fitting in at school, but it all becomes even more complicated when she discovers that she is a Night Flyer. Waking up on the roof is not normal, but then her body does not feel normal any more either. Undergoing the initiation as a Night Flyer is not easy. Gwendolyn has to learn to trust her body and control her mind. There are dangers that threaten to eat away at her self-esteem and destroy her, but she has help. Gwendolyn has to grow up fast, and she just isn't quite ready yet.
The story of Gwendolyn Golden's coming of age is engaging – the kind of book you cannot put down. Gwennie narrates the story, which gets up close and personal with what it feels like to grow up, and to learn how to fly. Gwennie is a regular, relatable kid. She is funny, dealing with issues as they come. While the book focuses on Gwennie’s new ability, she also helps her single mother, struggles with her family's past, deals with her best friend, and everything else that goes along with life as a young teenager....

... The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden is an engaging realistic fantasy. It would be wonderful to read aloud to children; it may be a valuable suggestion for children dealing with loss, and it is great for middle graders who love stories with a little magic, a modern setting and which are a quick read.


Thanks again, CM! You'll find the complete review and more here.

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