The Storytellers: Anterria Book 1- by Rebecca McKinsey

29 Oct

HELLLOOOOO FRANKENSTORM a.k.a. Sandy! Thank you for giving me a day off of school but I hope you don’t knock out our internet connection! If I am gone for a couple of days, you’ll know why – no electricity, but I am hoping that doesn’t happen. I hope everyone in the path of the storm is safe and dry!

Now on to my review!

Storytellers: Anterria Book 1

By Rebecca McKinsey

230 pages – ages 9+

Published by Booklocker.com, Inc. on December 15, 2010

Hannah Merchant was a tomboy that liked creating her own worlds and stories. One day she was at a party her wealthy parents made her go to. She snuck up to the library of the building and started writing in her journal. When she got bored of that, she went outside, and everything went black. She awoke and found herself in the path of Aaron McKay, who was being chased by an evil shadow creature. He pulled her along until they were safe and far away from it. Aaron took her to a train station. There he explained some of the things that were going on, like the reason he was being chased. Hannah finds out she is a Storyteller, like Aaron and she has powers she never knew she had. Books and illustrations  The train conductor took Hannah and Aaron to Anterria, a world different from ours. There they enter a dangerous war between the villagers of Anterria and the King and his men. The shadow creature is there too, taking over all. Will Hannah and Aaron come out alive?

I enjoyed reading this book. I loved the plot. The action in it was exciting but written well for kids. The reading level is good for older kids or advanced readers and it is a clean read. I also thought the story idea was unique. I liked the mythical creatures Ms. McKinsey wrote into the story (like pixies, centaurs and satyrs). Hannah is a great main character who loves writing and creating her own worlds. I liked her a lot. The Storytellers were pretty cool. I like that what they say is true in their story, becomes true. There were parts of the story I wished were explained a little more because I got “lost” but for the most part, the story read well. I like the cover, I thought it was kind of pretty. The second book in this series is called Atlantis. I already asked my mom if she can get it! I recommend this book to kids 9+.

Four out of five bookworms for this great adventure story!

**Note – I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

To learn more about to learn about Ms. McKinsey and The Storytellers series, click HERE.

22 Responses to “The Storytellers: Anterria Book 1- by Rebecca McKinsey”

  1. Genevieve Petrillo October 29, 2012 at 8:37 am #

    Sounds like Sandy will be its own adventure story! It’s not even here, yet, and I already don’t like it. Take care.

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 30, 2012 at 7:00 am #

      Yes, a real-life adventure story! Stay safe and dry Cupcake! 🙂
      Hugs and pats,
      Erik

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  2. Kirsten Larson October 29, 2012 at 9:14 am #

    Stay safe Erik! My family is reporting howling winds and lots of rain.

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 30, 2012 at 7:00 am #

      That sounds a lot like what see. No school today either. There are a bunch of trees that got blown down around that I can see.

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  3. Catherine Johnson October 29, 2012 at 9:53 am #

    Yes stay safe, if I think it’s windy here getting the tail end of it, I’ll think of you all.

    I love the cover, Erik and a book about storytelling sounds fantastic.

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  4. twigstories October 29, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    Hello, Erik. We’re watching the ‘bride of Frankenstein’ Sandy, and we think she must be very angry! Please take care, and we hope you and your family are safe.

    Stories with libraries and girls have always been a favorite of mine, so Rebecca’s story got off to a great start, I think! Glad to hear it was a fun read. Enjoy your school day off!

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 30, 2012 at 7:02 am #

      Thank you Ms. Marshall! I hope you stay safe from Sandy! I think you would enjoy this book!

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  5. KidLitReviews October 29, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    Can you image every story you wrote came alive for someone? What a responsibility. I wonder if the next will take you to the lost city of Atlantis. Aren’t you in PA? I didn’t know that storm was up that far north. Guess I need to turn on the weather channel more often. Be careful, it will be over soon.

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 30, 2012 at 7:05 am #

      I think that would be cool…unless you wrote horror stories 😉 I do live in Pennsylvania near Bloomsburg. Our town is right near a river. The school I go to now got flooded twice last year. There is a lot of rain and wind. A heard a bunch of trees falling down yesterday. 😦

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  6. I haven’t heard of this series. I think it sounds fascinating. I am curious to know more about the storytellers- what a big responsibility! Thanks so much for the introduction to this book. I definitely want to read it. I have school off today, too (tomorrow as well). I just hope my students don’t have Halloween cancelled for the 2nd year in a row (we had a freak snow storm last year). Stay safe!

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 30, 2012 at 7:07 am #

      I would like to read the second book in the series. I think it will explain more about the Storytellers in it. HOLLOWEEN CANCELLED!! **faint** I hope not! I have off school Monday and Tuesday. It depends if the school gets flooded if I get Wednesday off…

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  7. Joanna October 29, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    Stay safe Erik, but yeah, it’s kinda cool to have the day off school. This is my first hurricane! Library + storytelling – great premise.

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 30, 2012 at 7:08 am #

      I think I would rather go to school now 😉 The book did have a great lot idea. Thanks Ms. Marple!

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  8. Beth Stilborn October 29, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    Oooh, this sounds like my kind of book, for sure!

    Stay safe, Erik and family! I’m sitting here safe in the middle of the country, thinking of all my friends in the east. I hope all will be well.

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 30, 2012 at 7:18 am #

      Thank you Ms. Stilborn! That is one good thing about living in the middle of your country – you don’t get hurricanes! I think you will like this book! 🙂

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  9. Darlene October 30, 2012 at 12:01 am #

    Please stay safe Erik. I guess this will give you more time to read. Hope you have lots of batteries for the flashlight in case you need it. We used to get a day off school if there was a bad blizzard. I stayed under the covers and read.This books sounds great too.

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 30, 2012 at 7:21 am #

      Thanks Ms. Foster! I am already reading more, and this is my second day off of school! 🙂 I would like to read the way you used to when you were a kid! 🙂

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  10. Susanna Leonard Hill October 30, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    Sounds like a good read! I like excitement and good plot!

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  11. Rebecca McKinsey September 29, 2015 at 4:07 pm #

    Hello again! I just wanted to let you know that my web site is due to re-launch because of some accessibility issues I had with my original one. This means new posts, new pictures, and I’ve redone the reviews page, which includes this one.

    The new web site includes all my books, art, and I’ll be posting a new blog, all about my writing, what I’m working on and what’s been finished since this review, and a lot of other artwork.

    If you’re still interested in my books, feel free to have a look at the new site, liked with my name. It should be up in the next few days.

    And again, thank you for this wonderful review!

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