Thursday, December 13, 2012

Illuminated by Jackie Castle

Good Day Dear Readers,
The Queen here with a young adult book written by one of our own castle residents, Jackie Castle who has penned the first installment of the White Road Chronicles titled Illuminated.

The book is available at both Kindle and Nook stores. The print version from Createspace is also available. 
Happy Reading,
The Queen


Publisher: Castle Library Publishing; 1 edition (December 4, 2012)
File Size: 617 KB
Reading Age 12 and up- Geared for young adult
ASIN: B00AIVX3UA (Amazon)
BN ID: 2940015815573 (Barnes and Noble)

ISBN: 9781481194624

Book Summary:

Alyra, mockingly known as Princess, was captured at an early age by the evil ruler, Darnel, and brought up in the dark land of Racah. At the age of seventeen, she considers herself nothing special. She has no recollection of who she is or where she came from. Her hope of ever finding freedom dims.
Until the messenger arrives. Until he brings to light the meaning behind the medallion she's kept hidden. Until she accepts the blinding truth.

Now she flees for her life.

Alyra’s journey leads her down a narrow road with strange traveling companions. Together, they encounter a kingdom where nothing is what it first seems.

Adventure Activities

Discussion Questions:
Alyra had a problem doing the one thing she was told to do. What did she have along her journey that helped her stay on the path? What helps you to stick to something you want to do?

Jerin spent a lot of time drawing up a map to help him get to Aloblase. Did it help?
How about you? Do you have some sort of map or plan to help you accomplish a goal you've set?

Writing Prompt
Lotari the centaur was reluctant to take the journey. Have you ever been divided between wanting to try something new, or staying in your safe place? What did you do about that? If you set your hooves to the stones, can you write your own story about what happened?

Start a journal of what you hope your future might hold. What kind of job would you like to be doing by time you reach 20? 30? I know it seems like a long way off, but what kind of work do you think you'd like to retire from?

Crafty Idea
Once you have an idea of what you might want to do in your life. Jot some quick notes on what it will take to get there... college? Specialized training? Working your way up to a certain position? Learning a craft or skill? Going somewhere new?
Create a poster that looks like a map of where you want to go in your life and what stops you'll need to make on the way.

 If you had a medallion, what do you think would be one it? Draw your own medallion.

Author's Arena

Jackie Castle graduated from UT Southwestern Medical Center of Dallas. She is a published freelance writer, storyteller and elementary educator. She lives in Texas with her husband, two teenagers, and her dog, Ginger (aka ginger-roonie). When she's not teaching, she is traipsing through the worlds of Alburnium or Fae in search of another story.

She looks for the extraordinary in the ordinary in everything she experiences.

Jackie spent several years on this book series. Sometimes she'd put it aside to work on a different writing project. Other times, she didn't write at all because her journey took her in another direction. Yet, all along, no matter where her path led, she knew writing was her destiny. She wants to help others find their passion in life and follow their dreams, like she's followed hers.

She is now spending most of her time trekking through Alburnium while she gathers ideas for the next book in this series. There are sure to be more dragons, she assures us.

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