Author: Geoffrey Saign
Year published: June 20, 2014
Publisher: KiraKu Press
Number of pages: 301
Recommended age: 9+
Can a girl grieving her mother, a boy missing his father, and a thousand-year-old wise-cracking parrot save two worlds?
Samantha and her neighbor, Jake, have no idea that Samantha’s best friend, a parrot named Charlie, is a thousand years old. Charlie is also at the center of a secret battle between magical creatures and an ancient, evil man. When Charlie asks Samantha and Jake to protect him, they are chased by monsters from both sides. To save Charlie, and two worlds, Samantha and Jake have twenty-four hours to figure out how to use the supernatural staff, WhipEye, and find the courage to confront what they fear most.
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I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.
Whipeye is a fantasy adventure for middle grade readers. It is well written and the descriptions are great. It’s easy to visualize exactly what’s going on.
The main character, Sam, has been through a lot and has a special ability to understand animals but she is standoffish around people. Jake, her neighbor, tries to get Sam to open up and ends up involved in Sam’s adventure. My favorite character, though, would have to be Charlie, the thousand year old parrot.
Whipeye has suspense, action, and several twists. I definitely think middle grade readers, as well as older readers, would enjoy it. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
About the Author:
Geoffrey Saign can often be found looking for interesting critters, and magic, while swimming, snorkeling, sailing, or hiking in the woods. His passion for nature and wildlife led to his nationally endorsed book, Green Essentials: What You Need to Know About the Environment, as well as his books African Cats and Great Apes. He has a background in biology, assisted in field research with hummingbirds and humpback whales, and sailed as far away as Australia. With more than twenty years of experience working in special education, he has taught adults and children everything from sailing to novel writing. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.