CLIFTON CHASE AND THE ARROW OF LIGHT is a middle grade, historical fantasy taking place during the time of King Richard III (whose skull was discovered and verified in February of 2013) during the final battle of the War of the Roses. It was inspired by the story of his two nephews, whose bodies were never found, assumed to have been murdered by their uncle.
One boy is chosen to redeem the lives of two others, and discover he is part of something greater than himself.
How could Clifton Chase have known that the stupid arrow he found in his closet was a magical portal to a different time and place? Thrust into an adventure, Clifton must evade the King’s army, rescue two princes from a heavily guarded tower, escape the fierce fires of a Crestback Dragon, outsmart the Mer King, and get the girl, all the while protecting the Arrow of Light. Jeez! But, his journey isn’t over yet. Clifton needs to discover the arrow’s purpose for choosing him. And when he does, he must decide if he is willing to risk his life for the lives of others.
CLIFTON CHASE AND THE ARROW OF LIGHT was inspired by real life events and a painting depicting the Battle of Bosworth Field. Fantasy elements, magic, dragons, and mermaids enhance the story with imaginative characters and circumstances. On the Clifton page, you can download free coloring pages, crossword puzzles, and word searches to learn more about the book and some history.
The plot is interesting, and I think a 8-10 year old could read it. My son was intrigued and I enjoyed the storyline in short doses while reading to him. The story part of the book is 295 pages long, the only pictures inside are at the top of chapter. There are no blank pages.
The book seems like it would be an easy book to just sit down and read from cover to cover. Other than names the vocabulary is not difficult and has a nice variety. I think the book has a good re-readability.
I think my favorite thing is the way this works with a child’s imagination. I also really liked that each sense was involved and the vivid imagery used. I think most children will enjoy this book.
About the Author: Jamie Engle is mother of two boys (6 and 12). She writes speculative fiction for kids and adults, historical fiction, picture books, non-fiction and poetry. Jaimie still hasn’t figured out what she wants to be when she grows up. She is internationally published, a member of the SCBWI and SCWG.
You can read the first 4 chapters here and see for yourself. Jamie Engle’s site also has free coloring sheets you can download and print here. If you take some time and look around the site she also has some short stories and poems up. My son liked the one about the lamb!
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