Children’s Fantasy Ebooks (October 5-11 , 2012)

Here are my picks of five middle-grade fantasy ebooks published this past week:

Title: The Dragon Tutor
Author/Illustrator: Mar Mai
Length: 22013 KB
Publisher and Publication Date: TicTok Books (October 11, 2012)
What caught my eye: The cover. And the dragon in the title
Zephyr is not your average tutor, he’s a dragon! And he won’t believe the dog ate your homework. When Prince Quiver picked Zephyr to be his teacher he had no idea the dragon would be more interested in math than magic.

But when prince Quiver meets his intended bride all does not go according to plan. The royal castle is destroyed! The young Prince is kidnapped! The kingdom in peril! Zephyr the Dragon Tutor must begin a quest that will change his life forever. Adventure awaits in “The Dragon Tutor”.


The title below has been previously published in print, but just now released as an ebook.

Title: The Sapphire Knight (The Bard)
Author: Michael Sullivan
Illustrator: Doug Sirois
Length: 963 KB
Publisher and Publication Date: Not indicated (October 10, 2012)
What caught my eye: The illustration and the title
A young man is drawn to the warmth of a campfire on a cold, early winter night to meet the most curious and frightening of travelers. The traveler’s tale seems to be just the ranting of an old, one-eyed storyteller … or is he truly the Sapphire Knight, as he claims? Famed storyteller Michael Sullivan writes for primary and middle readers. With The Sapphire Knight, he takes fantasy to a deeper level that will give young readers more reason to fear the Dark Woods.


Title: The Shadow of the Trojan Horse (Shadows from the Past)
Author: Wendy Leighton-Porter
Length: 395 KB
Publisher and Publication Date: Mauve Square Publishing (October 8, 2012)
What caught my eye: Time travel and the Trojan horse
The Trojan War is just a game for the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece, but it’s no laughing matter for Joe and Jemima Lancelot when they find themselves transported back to ancient Troy amidst all the horrors of the deadly conflict.

Still on the trail of their missing parents who are lost somewhere in the mists of time, the twins, together with their friend Charlie and their remarkable talking cat Max, try to prevent the destruction of the famous city.

Can the children persuade the Trojans to reject the Greeks’ gift of the Wooden Horse or will it prove impossible to change the course of history?


Title: Adam Born of Stars: Voyage 2 – Quest of a Hero
Author: Chris Lamphear
Length: 178 KB
Publisher and Publication Date: Not indicated (October 5, 2012)
What caught my eye: The title and the cover
This is the second story from the Adam Born of Stars series.

The story picks up with Adam stranded on a strange, uncharted planet. He is following an army of lizard-like men, determined to rescue their prisoner, a young human girl they are carrying in a cage to an uncertain end.

Adam is assisted by his robot dog Isaac, who plays an unlikely role in getting Adam inside the lizard lair, but then Adam must craft a plan to rescue the girl and get off the planet before the lizards hunt them all down.


Title: Sebastian Darke – Prince of Spies
Author: Philip Caveney
Length: 352 KB
Publisher and Publication Date: Not indicated (October 9, 2012)
What caught my eye: The title and description, which remind me of Septimus Heap
A perilous journey across vast ice fields, dodging ravenous vulpins, is only the beginning of Sebastian Darke’s final adventure. He, Cornelius and Max are on their way to Golmira, Cornelius’s beloved home kingdom, on a rescue mission, for Golmira has been invaded by the cruel Tannisians and its people cast out of the city into the frozen Badlands. What madcap scheme can the three friends come up with this time? They will become spies, enter the city in disguise and find a way to drive out the Tannisians. Sebastian must brush up on his jesting skills, Cornelius take on the challenge of his life and Max – if he can ever stop moaning – will need all his strength if they are to pull off their most daring plan ever. This is the fourth and final book in the hugely successful Sebastian Darke series by best-selling author, Philip Caveney. Don’t miss it. Praise for Sebastian Darke: “Unputdownable” CBBC Newsround. “Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools. Fast-paced, funny and studded with sparkling buffalope one-liners, this is perfect reading for Shrek fans.” Boys Into Books.


That’s it for today’s Friday Five. Take note that these are not recommendations or reviews, because I haven’t read any of them. If and when I write a review, I will post it and update this list with the link. If you’ve read a listed book, let me know what you think of it in the comments.

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