George And The Gargoyle Who Lived In The Garden
Recurring nightmares, a strained relationship with his father, and
threatening behaviour from the Fearsome Foursome at school would be
challenging for most boys his age. But as an only child with a
sensitive, artistic soul, George feels especially alone and ordinary.
When he spends an awesome holiday with his zany Aunt Di, a painter,
he stumbles across several exciting secrets. Aunt Di’s London garden
contains statues of a Gargoyle, a Griffin, a Unicorn and a Dragon. At
first, George thinks of these as just ordinary statues of mythical
creatures. But what if they are not? And what about Roy, the robin? Will
George survive the adventure when the Witch turns out to be real? Will
his life ever be the same again after his magical experiences?
What did I think of the book?
It was the same dream, every single night…
First there was this horrid, ear-splitting, squawking sound. And then a dreadful sense of fear, followed by the largest and brightest purple eye that George had ever seen. And then, he would wake up!
George knew his parent were right. He was too old to be having such dreams and perhaps going to see a counsellor was the right thing to do. But how was a councillor going to help with the school bullies?
George longed for the school holidays, where he could escape the bullies and his unsympathetic father. He would be spending his summer with his believed Aunt Di and he could not wait.
George, however, had no idea, that his aunts garden was a magical place and that he was about to embark on an adventure of a lifetime.
What a fantastically gripping middle-grade story about a young boy and his exploits in a beautiful enchanted garden. The story was full of mystery and magic, with just enough suspense to keep me on the edge of my seat.
I could easily visualise George’s garden and his many friends he made there. I loved his relationship with Aunt Di and the evil witch certainly made me shiver!
A great story and an enjoyable read. I think this has the makings of an exciting series.
About the author
Angelina Kalahari entered this life among the red dunes of Namibia’s deserts. Her first sounds merged with the power of the massive yellow moon that lit up the vast African spaces. There, where the heavens presented the splendour that the Milky Way flung across its canvas. A nomadic childhood enchanted her, as Africa presented the raw beauty of her many faces, while Angelina’s family traversed the desert in search of crops for their herds of karakul sheep. This fertile ambience, filled with strange legends, amazing animals, and wonderful people, afforded Angelina a unique opportunity to live in a world of wonder, and to develop a deep sense of self. Her mother loved listening to Mario Lanza and other tenors of the day. A record player and records accompanied the family on their travels, and back to their farm. The gift of this divine music found resonance within Angelina's body and called to her soul’s desire to share her voice with the world. She left her magical universe to study with other voice and performance obsessives, which resulted in degrees in drama, singing, and opera. Angelina continued her nomadic existence as an adult, enthralling audiences with her singing, acting, and directing. These activities allowed her to visit a world far beyond her beloved Africa. She shared her talents on such diverse platforms as opening the busking scheme on London Underground, to a recital at the Royal Opera House, and everything in between. This led to an invitation to Buckingham Palace, no less, where Angelina met Queen Elizabeth as a reward and recognition of her contribution to the music, culture, and economy of the United Kingdom. Angelina has always regarded herself as a storyteller, either through music or through acting and directing. She honed her storytelling skills from a young age, writing and telling stories to her siblings at bed time. It became a habit through the years and although she has many finished novels, The Healing Touch is her debut published novel, and not one she envisioned writing. The tragic loss of her soul-brother, and the insistence of a close friend, resulted in writing and publishing The Healing Touch, Book 1 in a series. The only magnificent creatures that share her home today, are her husband, her little fur cat daughter, a rapidly diminishing population of house spiders, and a smallish herd of dust mites.
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