Book: The Boy Who Flew With Eagles (Mythic Adventure Collection Book 1) by Ben Woodardcategories: Book, Adventure, Eagles, Myth, Native American, Mythic, Thriller, Middle Grade, Kids, Children's Book
Ben Woodardabout this book: As a kid, I walked in the woods and fields on sunny days. When the weather turned bad, I'd spend my time in the library. Both were my refuge, my escape from the angst of childhood and adolescence. I almost lived in the local library. Reading was my retreat and the library was my portal. I loved boys adventure stories and have been amazed at the reports that say boys don't read. So I decided to write the kind of stories I remembered. The Boy Who Flew With Eagles is one of these. In it I could give boys (and girls) the sense of excitement I got when I first opened a book. And with this book I could indulge my other passion of the outdoors and tell of the need to protect our environment.
The book is short, intentionally so, to attract reluctant readers. I didn't "write down" to the children who will read the book, but the language is straight forward and the story uncomplicated. A fun adventure that a child can read quickly and get a subtle lesson.
To add some heft to the book, professional artist Laura Leikona illustrated each chapter along with the cover. The illustrations give the book a feel similar to the Magic Treehouse series. And the final illustration is a story in itself.
Here's my favorite review of the book:
"Woodard's lyrical writing adds heft to this dreamy myth-like story. As a teacher, I find the short chapters, animal characters, and subtle lessons perfect for reluctant readers. It's a great read for anyone interested in nature studies, Native American folktales, myths and legends."
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