Saturday, May 26, 2012

Gerald and the Wee People by Greta Burroughs: My Review

Blurb from Night Owl Reviews

Gerald and the Wee People is a novel intended for young adults but readers of all ages will get carried away in the world of the Wee People. Gerald and his best friend, Vernon literally fall into a new world when responding to a plea for help. A few years prior to that, the boys had discovered an unusual clearing in the woods where only Gerald had the ability to watch the daily activities that took place in a miniature village. When creatures started attacking the village, Gerald became more and more concerned about the little inhabitants that he had become attached to. Vernon humored his friend but became concerned when Gerald mentioned one of the villagers coming to him and asking for help. To prove him wrong, Vernon agreed to venture out to the clearing late one night and show Gerald it was all in his imagination. Instead, Vernon was drawn into the enchanted vision and both boys charged off to the rescue. While in the wee people village, Gerald and Vernon try to fulfill a prophecy overcoming many dangers and obstacles. The boys help the villagers in their fight against the misshapen ones while also trying to defeat a powerful being intent on destroying all life. The characters in the book come to life and will make you laugh, cry and root for the underdog. Gerald and the Wee People is an action packed fantasy adventure that will keep you spellbound until the last page.

4 Stars

Gerald has watched the wee people for years. In the woods near his home is a peculiar cleared area. For some reason, Gerald is able to see into that area and view a different world. Vernon, Gerald’s best friend, is not able to see beyond the enchantment, but he has always supported Gerald, and trusted his instincts. But lately, things are amiss in the small kingdom – some creatures are attacking the fortress, and it appears as if the wee people are in trouble. Gerald convinces Vernon to accompany him to the clearing. Both teens arrive armed, and actually clacking with some hastily gathered weapons, intending to help the people being attacked. After some effort, and a few false starts, the boys are finally able to breach the invisible wall separating the enchanted clearing from their world. Then the adventure truly begins.

I fell right into this marvelous fantasy story right along with Vernon and Gerald. Once involved, I could not get the wee society out of my mind. For that reason, this was a very fast, very entertaining read for me. The boys quickly proved their worth to the skeptical folk. There were some decidedly amusing episodes as trust and friendship gradually developed between the new-comers and the besieged community.

The conversations were spiffy, often amusing, and uncommonly heartwarming. This well-wrought fantasy story should have exceptionally broad appeal to nearly everyone – young and old. Besides the adventure, there are some universal messages that anyone may take from this story. I was enchanted.

Reviewed by Laurie-J for Night owl Reviews

Also see my Interview with Greta Burroughs from earlier this year.
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