Max & Luchia: The Game Makers
Max & Luchia: The Game Makers, is available to buy through the Black Pear Press website. The author has a few copies too.
After saving a man’s life, dyslexic Max meets Archie, a guiding spirit. When he finds out his sister, Luchia, is also under the guidance of Archie, they are given the chance to play the game they created in a scrapbook.
Unfortunately, their imagination is so powerful, they also let in some of the bad things including a rival spirit and a school bully. A battle between good and evil commences.
Set in a fairy-tale world of castles, knights, spirits and dragons, eleven-year-old Max & Luchia make their way through seven increasingly difficult levels until finally, they are forced to make the biggest decision of their lives.
Jimmy Cricket is currently being studied in Austria:-
BOOK REVIEW: JIMMY CRICKET BY KEVIN BROOKE
(MAD HATTER REVIEWS)
Jimmy Cricket tells the story of 15-year-old Jimmy who is forced to move in with his aging grandmother following the death of his parents. As if that wasn’t difficult enough for any teenager to deal with, Jimmy repeatedly falls in with the wrong crowd and finds his adolescence hi-jacked by his best friend, Dean, who often seems to hinder more than help.
It’s emotional, touching, and entirely accurate and that’s why, irrespective of the age of the reader, Jimmy’s antics – that involve petty theft, too much alcohol, and, shock horror, the first love of his life – will prove to be completely relatable.
Brooke’s prose is accessible, and his tendency to finish chapters at the precise point that you wish to know more is a worthy skill for any writer. I’ve said before that the mark of good fiction is whether it passes the one-more-chapter test, and Jimmy Cricket certainly does. I needed to know what he was going to do next, and I needed to frown judgementally – whilst quietly sympathising – when he made yet another mistake.
The reader observes Jimmy pushed from pillar to post by his friends, whilst making a number of typical teenager mistakes with his first girlfriend, Dayla – who proves to be an important character in the book. However, she’s not quite as important as Mark, the latest in a long line of family support workers who are sent to help Jimmy and his grandmother.
Overall, it’s a neat little novel. Brooke writes his characters with conviction, creating convincing scenarios in which the reader can’t help but feel sympathy, disappointment, and sometimes even embarrassment as we are catapulted into the all-too-familiar world of teenage life, as seen by Jimmy.
The Roman Citizens from Class 6B
The Roman Citizens from Class 6B was ‘Commended’ in the Words for the Wounded Independent Author competition in 2015. It was recently used as a key stage 2 resource in Malvern Wells Primary school.
Ben has an amazing talent – his pictures come to life! When he and his friends Calum and Maisie are transported onto a Battlefield, their Roman adventures begin. Aimed at an approximate reading age of 6-10, the story includes a chariot race in the Circus Maximus, a day in the Roman Senate and a daring rescue of a slave girl called Phina from the lions in the Colosseum. After hiding in the Catacombs, Ben draws one last picture and he, Calum, Maisie and Phina are transported back to England – 61Ad England to be precise where they are soon charging towards the Roman Army alongside Boudicca, the Iceni Queen.