Title: Touching the Moon: Maya's Magical Adventures continue
Author: Malcolm McCoard, Maya McCoard
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
"Magical mayhem, an emotional roller-coaster, hilarious and heart-warming!" Third in the series of the 2017 Purple Dragonfly Young Adult Award winning, Maya's Magical Adventures.
If you like a plot twist or ten, real imagination, intrigue and a right good belly laugh, then this one's for you! If not check for a pulse.
Maya hates bullies. So how could she find herself on the wrong side as they rounded on her friends? With her mum missing, she must risk everything to join a powerful new coven and rescue her, but who can she trust? Can she ever master the art of dragon-back combat? Is middle-age spread something over 40's have on toast for breakfast? Was that relevant? Who writes this rubbish? Only one way to find out...
Top Amazon / Goodreads reviewer NN Light says: "Looking for the next thing to read after Harry Potter, pick this up today! Think Lemony Snicket, only better! A must-read for any fantasy reader." 5 Stars.
This is a fun book to read with the humour rife with terrific puns throughout. The author captures the whimsical magic of a young girl trying to find her way in the world. Maya's world, of course, has a talking cat, a living wand and a friendly dragon but girls are girls in any world.
There is a certain homage to a great young wizard throughout although that is attempted to be mitigated by pointed references against said works. The story is gripping and carries the reader through, oft with a reader on the edge of their seat.
The language and use of suspense might be just a tad too strong for the younger section of the targeted reading group.
A fun read that stands alone as a good book. I recommend this to everyone who has enjoyed a book or a film about a young person learning their way in the world of magic.
My Rating: 4.5 stars
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The accidental author - Malcolm started writing in response to his 8 year old daughter's request when he was making up bedtime stories about dragons and other magical adventures one night. "You have to write that one down daddy!" Maya insisted. Maya then provided illustrations and ideas for the book which incorporates a number of characters based on her close friends and family. The book won the YA category in the 2017 Purple dragonfly book awards.
Maya has now got the reading bug good and proper and has helped with the sequel - "Stop! Don't read this, It's impossible" where they go in search of her good friends magic bone. If you don't have a magic bone in you're body...you might like to find out why. No Stop Don't read it …. It's impossible.
Maya and Malcolm have also produced a picture book "The six lives of Henry the Eighth - The world's most unlucky cat. The family approach continues with the books being edited by Anne and Elizabeth McCoard, the author’s wife and mother respectively.
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Reviewed by: Mr. N