by L.J. Salazar
This is Salazar first children's book in English. It's a fantasy that addresses issues such as growing up, insecurity and self-doubt, the innate need for confidence and the importance of good relationships with those we love the most - whether they are human or animal.
I am a firm believer in self-realization and visualization, but I think this presentation is somewhat preachy in the early chapters. True, it's aimed at a middle-school audience and some of these ideas may be new to them, but I kept wondering how my grandchildren would respond to the obvious telling.
There were several times that Chin would visualize something he wanted, like a bow and arrow, and the next day it showed up int the mailbox. How is that going to be translated by young kids?
The fantasy story was good and I'm sure would appeal to young readers. And I liked how Chin fights the shadow minions that are whispering negative thoughts to the neighbor children. Chin has discovered he has a very important mission and in order to accomplish all his tasks he must find all the magic stones and conquer the Shadow Lord. In this book, Chin discovers two of the stones so there will be more books coming out that will continue the adventure.
My suggestion would be to read this book along with your child so you can discuss the ideas at the beginning of the book together.