Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Rip Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern by Seth Adam Smith -- Blog Tour
Author: Seth Adam Smith
Paperback 346 pages
FTC FYI: I received a paperback copy from the author. All views and opinions are my own.
Chased by a vengeful witch, hunted by an undead corpse, and guided by a secretive preacher, a boy must protect a magical lantern that can either save Boston . . . or destroy it.
In October of 1730, young Rip Van Winkle sneaks into a graveyard and comes face-to-face with the ghost of William Blaxton, the first settler of Boston. Warning Rip that the city is in danger, Blaxton gives him a mysterious gift: a pumpkin lantern with power over life and death. Before fading into midnight, the ghost tells Rip to take the lantern to Feathertop, a mythical pumpkin-headed scarecrow.
Pursued by Mistress Hibbins, a witch of terrifying power, and hunted by the nightmarish Midnight Minister, young Rip must rely on the aid of Jonathan Edwards, a stern and secretive preacher, and Nathaniel, a talkative, know-it-all raven. Guided by the magical light of the lantern, Rip races across New England to find Feathertop, save Boston, and become a most unlikely hero!
From the bestselling, award-winning author Seth Adam Smith comes The Pumpkin Lantern--a fantasy novel influenced by the writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Lloyd Alexander, and C. S. Lewis. Loaded with humor, action, suspense, and fascinating American history, The Pumpkin Lantern is also a poignant fable about faith, family, and the power of life over death.
Rip Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern is a delightful, story with humor, enjoyable adventures, excitement, and most importantly, heart. Rip is a fabulous character that had me smiling many times. I really enjoyed how the author introduced Rip's family and the ending is especially sweet when things are explained to him at the end. There are many life lessons that are very fitting to our day, even though the story was set in the 1730s. This book can be enjoyed by adults and kids who are looking for a clean, fun adventure. I loved the messages within, but above all, I loved the message of kindness throughout.
4 out of 5 stars
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