Monday, February 18, 2019

The Secrets of the Wild Wood by Tonke Dragt

When I started The Secrets of the Wild Wood, I was not aware that it was actually a sequel to a prior book written in 1962, A Letter For the King. While the reader may not know all of the character's back stories, this volume is thoroughly entertaining on its own. With the announcement, however, that Netflix is producing an original series based on the first book, I suggest new readers begin with book one and then treat themselves to the adaptation when it is released.

Tonke Dragt has created a marvelous tale set in the days of knights, squires and warring kingdoms. Tiuri is the protagonist in The Secrets of the Wild Wood and he has a faithful squire in Piak. Together they face the mystery and danger of the Wild Wood in search of  Sir Ristridin who many believe dead. In his adolescent enthusiasm, Tiuri must determine whom he can trust as motives and designs are often hidden and deceptive.  And in his youthful fervor, he also battles a war of the heart between two beguiling young women.

Buzz Books 2019: Young Adult Spring/Summer

Everyone loves to be "in the know" to have the inside track on new products, movies and books.  So imagine my surprise and delight when I recently discovered Buzz Books 2019 featuring excerpts from upcoming titles.  What a marvelous idea!

Like a literary taste test, readers can nibble at various new books set to come out. I think this would be an invaluable resource for teachers, school and public librarians as well as parents trying to satisfy a bookworm's insatiable thirst for books.  A daunting task in today's world where much written isn't always the most "nutritious" to put it mildly.   Having a little sample of a particular author is a great way to discover new authors to try, to find out whether you will enjoy. This ultimately saves the reader time (from wading through books at the library) and money (not purchasing books that you end up hating).