…. is a middle-grade fantasy about a bullied ten-year old girl who stumbles upon a talking pebble.
In her latest novel, author Krista Wagner introduces us to Ten-year old Amanda who is constantly teased and tormented in school. Her home life is less than satisfactory where her widower father, often away on business trips, leaves her in the care of her indifferent teenaged sister. Worse, not a day goes by when Amanda doesn’t miss her mom. To escape reality,
Amanda creates fantasy stories, but when she discovers a talking golden pebble, her imagined world turns into a new-fangled reality.
“What do you do with a secret that’s make-believe?”
Excerpt: “Her breath got stuck in her chest, and if she had heartstrings, like the characters in her book always did, then they were being pulled right now!”
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Early Reader Review
You did a great job at pulling me into the story! I have been to Idaho, and I loved your depiction! From the cottage, to the scenery. Early on, I loved the setting, it felt like I was there. Another significant part of the setting that captured my attention was the forest. It really had me wondering what was in it, and was this where her speck like friend was from the intro? I definitely felt like I knew the character, I felt like Amanda at times. Her wish to jump into fairytales at given points in time reminded me of myself. This is really going to resound and touch many people.
About the author:
Mother of three and Adjunct English Instructor Krista Wagner has been crafting short stories of dramatic events like murder and kidnapping since she was in high school, and has been writing in general since she was seven years old. Wagner received her B.A. in English from UMBC, her M.A. in English Composition with a Literature Concentration from CSUSB, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from National University. Her debut novelIntent, a spiritual dramatic thriller, was published by TouchPoint Press in 2014. Outside of her professional life, Wagner enjoys watching suspenseful films, reading the Bible, and spending time with her family. Her psychological thriller Rian Field was released January 2016.
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