Thursday, June 20, 2013
Dr. Fuddle and the Gold Baton: Review
Dr. Fuddle and the Gold Baton
Author: Warren L. Woodruff
Publisher: Story Merchant
When the dark musician Jedermann gains control of the legendary Gold Baton, Tyler, his sister Christina, and their friends are drawn into a dangerous, mysterious adventure. Guided by the mythical Dr. Fuddle, these explorers journey to Orphea, saving the land from chaos and destruction, and return to earth with the gift of harmony.
Twelve year old Tyler Harrington and his younger mute sister Christina have been living with a bone-chilling mystery. After nearly giving up hope, Tyler finally receives the clear, unmistakable sign his mother had promised him. The sign leads Tyler, Christina and three of their friends into the town’s most mysterious residence. There they meet a former resident of the manor, Dr. Fuddle, who offers them the solution to the mystery, but at a great price: they must leave earth and enter the land of Orphea and help him find the legendary Gold Baton.
Once in Orphea, Tyler and the others learn that their mission had been foretold in a prophecy, that they are the Messengers of Music, destined to save Orphea from the dark forces of Jedermann, who is quickly gaining control of Orphea, replacing all harmony and beauty with discord and chaos. Turn by turn, the mission becomes more dangerous, and their only weapons are sacred instruments which they must master, harnessing their secret powers against the enemy. At the final battle, Tyler discovers the solution to the mystery and meaning of his mother’s final words. (Goodreads)
Tyler and his mute younger sister Christina lost their mother and she promised them there would be a sign. When Tyler is on his way home he finds that sign and they end up venturing into what they thought was an abandoned house. While in the house they go through a portal to another land and search for the Gold Baton in hopes of saving the mysterious land of Orphea. Armed with their magical sacred instruments they are ready to fight whatever lays ahead before the land is destroyed by the evil Jedermann.
This was a cute little story. When it started out I thought it was going to be a ghost story but it was actually more of a fantasy book. This would be a perfect book for children who are really into music but I'm sure even kids who aren't would still enjoy it. I think that this was a very entertaining read. Check this book out if you would like to introduce classical music to your children with adventure, mystery, and excitement.
* I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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