Halloween is tomorrow, what better way to keep the spookiness of the season going than reading a spooky story? As you all may know, my daughter and I are quite the bookworms and when Dime Novel Publishing and Jason Thibeault offered to send me Gertrude’s Wand for my daughter to read, I happily obliged.
To make it an even more exciting experience for my 7-year-old, Jason sent me a signed copy and I will also be giving away a signed copy to one lucky Whispered Inspirations’ readers!
We started reading the first few chapters and Gabriella was already intrigued by the characters (Rebecca’s school is named Navarrete, which is my maiden name, yes I was geeked about that) and the eerie and mysterious land that Rebecca, the main character stumbled upon. A land where every day is Halloween where ghosts, ghouls, and goblins roam looking for a bite and what is on the menu is YOU.
The Adventure Begins!
When Rebecca fell down a hole and landed in here, the enchanted kingdom stuck in Halloween, she landed on Gertrude, the kingdom’s witch and to make matters worse, she broke her wand! The wand that had the power to lift the curse which enveloped the entire Kingdom. Now Rebecca and her twin brother Dillon (who has been accepted as the new gremlin leader) need to brave the enchanted cursed land and Rebecca needs to get the wand fixed and back to Gertrude by sunset.
Jason Thibeault has started a great series and I look forward to reading more. I am so happy when authors make reading magical for our children, especially at an early age where this habit becomes an enjoyable pastime that lasts into adulthood.
The book is filled with wit, adventure and mystery and my daughter has absolutely loved reading each chapter. Whether we read it together or she does on her own, she is always excited to tell me what has happened in the land of here.
So, if your child is a fan of Goosebumps (I SO was), the Wayside Schools and Dragon Slayer Academy, they will definitely LOVE Gertrude’s Broken Wand.
My daughter says “It’s a very different chapter book then all the chapter books I’ve read. It’s about a broken wand and it has lots of adventures, some parts I found really funny. After I’m done this book, I can’t wait to read more of Jason’s books!”
You can get more information at Gertrude’s Broken Wand site. You can also find taped readings of Gertrude’s Broken Wand read by Jason Thibeault, which my daughter enjoyed as well!
Here is the back cover synopsis:
“On an otherwise normal 4th-grade school field trip, Rebecca gets separated from her classmates while trying to find the bathroom. But when she slips in the dark and falls down a hole, she ends up in the land of here, an enchanted kingdom that is suffering from a powerful curse…everyday is Halloween.
But it’s not costumed trick-or-treaters that roam the land nor is it candy they want. Ghosts, ghouls, werewolves, skeletons and a host of other baddies, eager for a taste of warm flesh, have turned the once beautiful land into a spooky landscape.
Unfortunately, Rebecca’s problems have only just begun for when she landed in here she also landed on Gertrude, the kingdom’s witch, breaking her wand and the one chance to lift the curse. Now Rebecca must get Gertrude’s wand fixed, avoid getting eaten (or worse), and find a way home all before the sun sets. Because here needs a real name or it, and everything inside, will cease to exist forever.”
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.