Adventure, family, heroes, time-travel: THE LOST CELT

by Nancy Bo Flood on March 31, 2016

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THE LOST CELT written by A.E. Conran, Gosling Press, 2016,  is a treasure of an adventure story with heart, perfect for a middle-grade reader who also loves video games.

“The best kind of children’s adventure story …. Not to be missed.” Katherine Applegate, Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal

THE LOST CELT is a page-turner hero’s tale full of mystery and adventure. This middle-grade book shows it how it is to be a fourth grade boy who is hooked on video games plus time-travel adventures. The reader follows Mikey’s quest to solve an amazing riddle that threatens his safety and survival.

The book also touches upon some of the current challenges that our veterans face. This deeper story layer never slows down the action nor becomes didactic, but introduces an awareness of harsh realities faced by many veterans of war – past and present. Full of heart, The Lost Celt, shines a gentle light on contemporary problems while the humor and mystery captures and holds the interest of young readers.

THE LOST CELT is full of family, fun, and heart, with a wonderful roller-coaster ride of page-turning action.

L.B. Schulman March 31, 2016 at 9:32 pm

I loved this book, too. The veterans angle is fresh and critical to our lives right now, but it’s packaged in such an entertaining way.

Nancy Bo Flood April 1, 2016 at 7:57 am

Thank you for your comment, L.B. I agree. So many families, especially ones with school-aged children, have been affected by the continuous war in the Middle East. Mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, have been deployed. Their absence is a hardship. Their return is a difficult time as everyone adjusts. Soldiers return changed; many return with emotional and physical injuries. Services for veterans are often hard to access. All of this is seldom talked about. Children need these stories in books.

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