I have a really great book to share with you that can be read by your young teens as well as for yourself. It's a YA Fantasy that I think both of you would enjoy because there is no sexual content or filthy language. It's called The Tree of Water written by Elizabeth Haydon.
The epic voyages continue in The Tree of Water, the fourth adventure in bestselling author Elizabeth Haydon’s acclaimed fantasy series for young readers, The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme.
As Royal Reporter of the land of Serendair, it is the duty of young Charles Magnus "Ven" Polypheme to travel the world and seek out magic hiding in plain sight. But Ven needs to escape the clutches of the nefarious Thief Queen, ruler of the Gated City, whose minions are hunting for him. His friend, the merrow Amariel, has the perfect solution to his dilemma: Ven and Char will join her to explore the world beneath the sea.
As they journey through the sea, Ven finds himself surrounded by wonders greater than he could have ever imagined. But the beauty of the ocean is more than matched by the dangers lurking within its depths, and Ven and his friends soon realize that in order to save thousands of innocent lives, they may have to sacrifice their own. For everything in the ocean needs to eat…My Review:
I wasn't too sure if I was going to like this book when it first came and I realized it was about 2 boys and a mermaid. I thought it might be a little too young for me but the more I read, the more fascinated I became with this book and the story it unfolded. I did not know this was the 4th book in a series but even with that thought, it is still a great book that can stand all by itself and you will still get the gist of what travels the boys have been on.
I think the way the author is writing the boys adventures, each adventure in itself is a separate book. Yes, she does reference some past thought or travel that they did in this book, but it wasn't something that you would feel that it ruined this book or took anything away from it. I think each book can stand alone if they are all like this one that I just read.
The characters are different in a lot of ways but are still connected by their friendship and loyalty to each other. They help each other and watch each other's back and with that thought, I think this would be a really good book for young teens because it teaches the right way to treat your friends and also how they should treat you back. It's really full of hidden morals and what is right and wrong and how in subtle ways to go about your life in a good, positive way instead of being mean spirited and friendless.
The things that they see on their adventure and the different species that they encounter teach them something new and exciting. The author really does have a vivid imagination because I don't know if I could describe the creatures in the sea with such vivid colors and shapes along with their personalities!
Treat yourself and your young teens this Christmas and get the whole series. I don't think you will be disappointed and if your teens love to read, they will love these books also!
Praise for The Tree of Water:
“Vivid world building and Ven’s old-fashioned adventuring spirit may fuel young readers’ imaginations, and readers unfamiliar with the previous three volumes can start here.” —Booklist on The Tree of Water
“Haydon not only maintains the dazzling action, convincing characterizations, and vigorous world-building of the first book, but also carefully paves the way for further installments in The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme series. Another surefire winner.” —Booklist on The Thief Queen’s Daughter
“A delightful epic fantasy that will attract a readership both older and younger than the target audience.” —Booklist (starred review) on The Floating Island“Haydon spins a story both warm and thrilling.” —Publishers Weekly on The Floating Island“Haydon’s fantastical universe, originally created for her adult novels, is filled with fun details, interesting characters, fast-paced adventure, snappy dialogue, and plenty of humor and heart.” —School Library Journal on The Floating Island
The author has given me permission to offer one reader a print copy of The Tree of Water. Open in the Continental U.S. and Canada only. Good Luck Everyone!