One day Benjamin watches from behind the Rhododendron as a mysterious little woman steps out of a taxi in front of the cream colored house with forest green trim next door, and in one synchronistic moment their eyes lock and a series of visual snippets of unfamiliar events unfold in his mind’s vision. His razor sharp sixth sense allows him the freedom to explore the extrasensory messages coming at him like a derailed freight train.
And when Benjamin finds a peculiar relic of a key in his grandmother’s garden shed, he could never know his world was about to change forever.
There is local legend in the small town of Grandlochcheshire that has been passed down for a 100 years about the mysterious disappearance of the Chickering family, that trails on the coat tails of the equally shocking abduction of the children belonging to the owner of the Skeffington Union Rails. The circumstances that follow this notorious tale enter into the modern world of Benjamin and his two best mates.
Annabel and Mathilda, two sisters who have moved to Grandlochcheshire from America, have become more than mere friends to Benjamin, they have all become the three Muskydeers (Mathilda’s mispronounced version of Musketeers, which was a huge laugh and of course it stuck), as they are plunged head first into this curious journey.
In the Gilley Forest they discover that the path they have chosen is inundated with many obstacles as well as intrigue. Alliances are made with the Forest clan of Gnomes and with the aid of the Vila sisters, the three friends take on the test that is the Grandfather Tree. They must stay on the pre ordained Path of Prophecy, whose ancestry comes from the home of the oldest living beings on the planet, the Elves of the Darmon. However, this is no easy task for the Muskydeers as they have the foulest of sorcery hunting their every move, the powerful dark beauty, Tar Vigorn.
Beneath the enchanted Gilley Forest lies the ever magical land of Coranim…a place of insight, thought and possibilities, with wondrous sites and magic abounding. Once in Coranim the children make the acquaintance of the greatest Medicine Elder alive, Esmerelda Fet. A most powerful Light Sorceress with a brazen in your face attitude, and a thick Irish brogue, who guides the trio on their Path of destiny.
However, dear reader, a path can change in the blink of an eye.
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Two thumbs way up!! It has the charm of a classic English C.S. Lewis novel. The brilliant imagery and flow of the story is so clear, it’s like watching a must see movie. I’m a definite fan.
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Benjamin McTish and the Door Through the Grandfather Tree is the first book in the Benjamin McTish series by June M. Pace. It is a middle grade/YA fantasy novel that follows Benjamin and his two friends, Annabelle and
Mathilda, through many trials and adventures.
The plot flows nicely and the characters are believable. You are pulled right into the story from the very beginning and it holds your attention all the way to the end. The plot was complex but not overtly so, and I like that while it could very easily be read by kids as young as 10, there was still enough grown-up portions to keep someone older enthralled.
I can see why this story was compared to Harry Potter–I would very easily put them on the same shelf. They are both magical series’ with a lovable set of characters you can’t help but love. I loved going on adventures with Ben and the girls and I am so happy I got to read book 2 immediately! This book has everything you could possibly want–action,humor and suspense. I definitely recommend this to young readers and even seasoned book addicts.
on September 24, 2013
This book is a terrific romp through a wonderland of imagination. A story no one could dislike, as it paints a picture that the mind’s eye cannot help but see as we read along. I cannot wait for my grandson to get older so I can read it to him a chapter at a time to teach him a love of awesome books. And Benjamin McTish and the Door through the Grandfather Tree is one of the most wondrous I have read in a while.I recommend this
book highly, I think that it can be read by a 10 year old easily, and as an adult I really enjoyed it. Benjamin, Annabelle and Mathilda are brought to vivid life as well as the many characters in the book are by the author June M. Pace. She makes a world that is so rich, you can smell the flowers, touch the trees, and feel the wind blow. I am a huge fan if you can’t tell, this book should be read and read again just for the sheer enjoyment. I give this book 5 stars.