Thursday, April 28, 2011

"W" is for "Walking through Walls"

Walking Through Walls

Author: Karen Cioffi
Illustrator: Adriana Willow Raven
In her new middle grade chapter book, “Walking Through Walls,” Karen Cioffi takes you on an incredible journey with her main character, Wang.  He longs to learn the magic of the Eternals.
Twelve-year-old Wang longed to be an Eternal. He craved wealth . . . and power. Spending his time learning about these mystics took his thoughts away from the certain fate of slaving in the wheat fields all his life, like his father. The wheat fields might be good for some, but not for Wang. He had higher goals.

Each step of Wang’s journey is full of mystery, challenges and life lessons. Children will enjoy reading this charming ancient legend with a new twist as they experience Mrs. Cioffi’s exciting world of fantasy.  They will learn about Chinese customs because this story is rich in authentic details like the foods, homes, crops, and locations of sixteenth century China.

Wang ambled back to the cottage. He noticed his favorite flower, the lemon lilies, in full bloom. They draped the landscape. Hmm, they smell so good. He found his mother in the chicken coop, bent over one of the hens, gathering the eggs it deposited. “Mother, I am home.”

Artist, Adriana Willow Raven, opens each chapter with a detailed illustration to stimulate the reader’s imagination.  Like the vibrant dragon on the cover, each illustration is rich in oriental detail.   

As a retired teacher, I highly recommend this book for every school and home library.  It is a book that will be treasured by the whole family.

Reviewed by Author/Educator
Kathy Stemke

Karen Cioffi is an author, ghostwriter, freelance writer and Acquisitions Editor Intern with 4RV Publishing. She is also a member of the Professional Writers Alliance, and the International Association of Professional Ghostwriters.
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anthony stemke said...

"Walking through Walls" sounds like a sensational story, and the illustrations are very appealing.

I think young people can relate to the boy's struggle, and the classic structure of the plot lends it enduring value.

This ones a winner; bravo.

Karen Cioffi said...

Kathy, thank you so much for the wonderful review!

Heidiwriter said...

Wonderful-looking book! I hope many kids will benefit from it!