Welcome to my stop on the tour for Root Bound (Emma and the Elementals Volume 1) by Tanya Karen Gough. Root Bound is an upper Middle Grade fantasy adventure recommended for ages 10+. The tour is to run February 3-14 with reviews only. Be sure to check out all the details and the tour schedule on the tour page.
Root Bound is a fast-paced, action fantasy novel about a young girl finding her place in the world through a series of adventures involving magical creatures, and a journey to the center of
the earth. Root Bound is both a topsy-turvy riff on traditional literary children's fantasy and an allegorical coming-of-age tale.
Emma and her father, a jazz musician, are always on the move, travelling from place to place as her father’s work demands. Their new home, however, is different. There’s a frightening woman who lives down the hall: she bears an uncanny resemblance to a witch. A mysterious light comes from her apartment, and a small boy seems to be trapped inside.
School in this town is no happy place either, with an odd principal and a gang of girls who make tormenting Emma their special project.
And strangest of all is the fact that there seem to be brownies - basement brownies, in the air vent in her bedroom. They are searching for the Wanderer, a powerful being who can help free the Crown Prince of Under from the black magic prison that holds him. Emma travels through the brownie burrow to the valley of Hades to visit with the goddess Ceres, following a series of clues that lead her across the sea of memory to the centre of the world.
There, on an inhospitable rock floating in a sea of steaming lava, Emma must find a way to free the prince, release her mother from the sea of memory, and restore magic to both the brownie burrow and the human world above.
If you have an older child in the house or even a teen, this book will be perfect for them! There is no bad language or situations that will cause any embarrassment. This story is after all about a little girl who loves fairy tales and such ever since her mother died and left her this book about such things.
It's also a great Fantasy book in which Emma and her father move into a new apartment in a new town and they land smack in the middle of a wicked witch trying to overrun the basement brownies and destroy their world.
Emma thinks at first she is losing her mind and seeing & hearing things but she quickly realizes it's not a dream and she is not crazy. The basement brownies (small folks like imps or pixies) live underneath the basements all over the place and they are in a desperate situation to find someone who can help them defeat the wicked witch.
It's a very delightful story and your older child or teen will love the imagination that the author has put into making this a clean, fun and magical book for them. Heck, I even enjoyed it! Totally worth getting this book for your children.
About the Author:
Tanya Karen Gough owned and published The Poor Yorick Shakespeare Catalogue from 1997-2007, earning a strong international customer base of world class academics and high school educators.
Tanya was also a contributing editor for the Internet Shakespeare Editions at the University of Victoria (BC), audio advisor for the Sourcebooks Shakespeare textbook series, and theatre reviewer for Playshakespeare.com. Tanya grew up in New Hampshire and currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.