This upcoming school year is giving kids a chance to be reunited with their friends. It’s also giving them a chance at some sort of normalcy, but for some kids, the idea of returning to in-person learning sparks anxiety and stress.
For many young patients (and their parents) the back-to-school season is an anxious time. How will they navigate their new classes? Will they get along with their teachers? Will they make friends? Their active imaginations can invent a hundred scary scenarios.
Dr. Victoria’s books use the power of symbol and metaphor to help build emotional resilience. For some young people, words are not enough, and it is difficult to engage verbally. Through the metaphor of a story the child can feel seen. They can also learn important skills through the plot and characters, which they can take with them on their own journey through life.
A great book for upper middle-grade readers, full of magic, excitement and adventure! Children will love the stories about the Fae, and good and evil, and there are also other themes, such as grief, jealousy, friendship, and fear of not being believed that they will be able to relate to.
Great Adventure!Helen - UK
I love Irish fairy stories and this one was no exception. The lead character is a 12 year old who is part of a lovely but complex family which has had its fair share of heartache and carries some old ancestral stories. This is a classic story of dark verses light (referred to as "sparkle") but with an interesting twist. Oh, and the illustrations are lovely, too.
A Classic StoryValerie Adams - UK
Clearly written prose that is full of imagination, and the promise of a new series for young readers. There’s much to enjoy in this book, well worth sharing.
Full of ImaginationDr J Reads - United States
Irish folklore, filled with fae, druids, and magic, comes to life for a young girl and her sister when their father disappears. How much is real in the stories they have been told all their lives? And what can they do to save the village and themselves? This is a wonderful book that is beautifully written. Great for middle-grade and up.