We have been reading and re-reading the first two books in the brand new Hamelin Stoop Series from 12 Gates Publishing. We received both Hamelin Stoop: The Eagle, The Cave, and the Footbridge (Book 1)and Hamelin Stoop: The Lost Princess and the Jewel of Periluna (Book 2). As an avid reader myself, I am always on the lookout for books for our family to read. So when I saw we had the opportunity to read this series, I was excited. I planned on our sixteen-year-old daughter and our eighteen-year-old son reading these books as well as myself.
This young adult fantasy series by Robert B. Sloan includes adventure, danger, friendship, and more. When I started reading the books, I was unable to put them down until I finished them. This is Mr. Sloan’s debut into the world of young adult fiction.
The Hamelin Stoop series includes interesting characters, evil characters, unbelievable occurrence and more. From the start of the book when we first met Johnnie and Simone, Hamelin’s parents, we had no idea of what a rollercoaster ride this book would take us on at all. Forced to abandon their only child by pretending to throw him off a cliff and then leaving him at a Children’s Home creates dramatic tension and more. The first book addresses Hamelin growing up from a baby to eleven years old. He encounters a majestic eagle, a mysterious footbridge, a mysterious realm, and experiences he could not begin to imagine.
The second book finds him on a quest to help new friends find a powerful jewel and a beloved sister. He learns of the war being waged between the evil Chimera and the mysterious Ancient One. We also learn that appearances do not necessarily tell the true story. Magical objects play important roles in helping the three accomplish their missions through teamwork and trust.
This series provides ample opportunities for talking about bullying, fear, courage, change, and other characteristics and situations. With people constantly leaving, Hamelin has to adapt to change. Yet in the case of the Hayleys’ becoming House Parents for the Children’s Home, they bring in positive experiences for all the children in the home. So for families facing change, this could be a good place to begin a conversation.
The books contain a continuous storyline that carries on throughout the books in a way that keeps the reader interested. I feel this book is written in a way to keep the interest of middle school students. The language is appropriate for them as well.
The relationship between Hamelin, Layla, and her brother Bryan captures the essence of how families can arise without biological relationships. Because they are older than Hamelin, they provide the role of being an older brother and sister. We were able to discern there was more to Layla than what we first gathered. Even when they leave the Children’s Home, they continue to look out for him. The books illustrate how actions have real consequences, and helps illustrate how we need to take responsibility for our own actions.
Our family’s only real complaint with this series is that we did not like how the books seemed to cut-off abruptly and left us hanging. The ending of the first book was acceptable because we already had the second book to read. But the ending of the second book truly left us wanting to read more. So I guarantee we will be investing in future books in this series.
So if you are looking for middle-grade fantasy books that include adventure, check out the new Hamelin Stoop Series from 12 Gates Publishing. And click here or on the graphic below to read reviews by other members of the Home School Review Crew.