May 17, 2011

The Dopple Ganger Chronicles – The First Escape

Summer isn't over yet, at least three more weeks to go before school opens. For parents of children between 8 to 12 years old, if you want to keep your kids busy not by watching television or playing computer games, try buying them books. I highly recommend:

The Dopple Ganger Chronicles – The First Escape is an exciting book to read - The author, G. P. Taylor fused adventure, mystery and animated story that will captivate its young readers, and no doubt even parents like me. I had to finish it before allowing my 8 year old twin kids, Julia and Rafael to read it.

Hailed by Heaven and Earth Show, BBC as the “The new C.S. Lewis”, so much is packed into the book’s 278 page. It’s a part book, part novel book, complemented by illustrations that often take the form of comic strips, courtesy of artists Daniel Boultwood, Joseph Sapulich and Tony Lee.

The story takes place at an orphanage where the main characters, are twin girls named Saskia and Sadie who were left behind by their mother. They are separated when Saskia is adopted by Muzz Elliott, a wealthy woman searching for her long-lost family treasure. While Saskia stumbles into the center of a crime only she can stop, Sadie and Erik (the twins only friend) embark on a quest to find her.

One of the downsides, there were some unanswered questions in the end, as Julia puts it, “Mom, they didn’t say what happened to the characters. Therefore, I said to her, “there’s Book 2 coming. Reading the second book will prove to be absolutely necessary in order for the reader to know the continuation of the story to satisfy one’s growing curiosity. Can’t wait to read Book 2: Chronicles The Secret of Indigo Moon.

The Doppelganger Chronicles: The First Escape
Author: G. P. Taylor
Available at all OMF Bookshelf Lit
Price: P 395.00 (US$ 8.78)

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