In keeping with the tradition of tales of fantasy worlds, magic, and adventure, M.J. Evans parts from her beloved Mist Trilogy to tell the story of three kindhearted children and their wild adventure in North Mystic. An allegory of the Revolutionary War, the story opens with our three heroes, Evelynd Callahan, a responsible, nurturing thirteen year old who looks after her younger brother, Drew, and sister Avery as they live their lives under the thumb of their new nanny, Miss Schmidtwitch. With distaste for children and disorder, Miss Schmidwitch greatly enjoys her unique role as a nanny with the Callahan family. With the help of a mansion-wide P.A. system, several security cameras, and a responsive staff, the not-so-friendly nanny keeps the children in line from a distance from sunrise to sunset. In such an adventure-less world, the three Callahan children rely on each other not only as siblings, but best friends. Life for the children is boring, neat and tidy until one day Evelynd discovers a curious trap door in the floor of the linen closet.
With a little trickery and a handful of bravery the three children soon escape their droll life and are introduced to the land of North Mystic. Inhabited by Leprechauns, peace in North Mystic is disrupted when a band of Vikings cross the North Sea and arrive on their shores demanding a random of harvested gold in exchange for the safe return of the Leprechaun children. Filled with fear, the dwellers of North Mystic look to a prophesy dating back hundreds of years promising the arrival of three heroes who would defeat the Vikings and help the children return safely to their families.
Not only is this story filled with magic, adventure, and a few good laughs, it also won first place in the 2014 Purple Dragonfly Awards for fantasy! North Mystic makes a great read for any fan of a fantasy and folklore. Staying true to her easy to read style, Evans tells a story which can be enjoyed by children and grownups alike. Infused with positive lessons of bravery, compassion, and justice, North Mystic is a story that speaks to the transformative power of creativity and kindness. Like many of your other favorite children’s stories, this book proves that a little adventure has the power to change lives, heal wounds, and create friendships that last forever.
NOTE: Homeschoolers can get a free lesson plan by contacting the author directly at email@example.com.The lesson plan is a fun way to study the Revolutionary War using the North Mystic book.