Star Realm (Avalon Trilogy Book 1) *****
by Julie Elizabeth Powell

This was my first trek into the world of Powell’s storytelling and I had a blast! I think time could turn this delightful tale of five children testing themselves and developing as people through their adventuring into a classic all-ages fantasy.  Ben lives in the shadow of Davey, his older brother. Billy rushes into trouble. Chrissy is sad over the death of her mom. Annie only puts stock into science and social issues.

Together the children journey to another realm in order to stop its destruction. Greed and selfishness on the childrens’ world, Elsewhere, is causing the Star Realm to unravel. Only by adventuring the strange and magical Star Realm and gathering seven elements can the children put things to right. In the process they face their own insecurities, selfishness, and sadness. I think this is a beautiful allegory about how people can and should realign their values and question their motivations in order to improve our society.

There is certainly plenty of maligned story telling being passed off as truth in our politics, reality television, and professional interactions. It is great to take in bits of truth in something that is clearly a story.

If you enjoyed reading the Wizard of Oz series, with its highly creative settings and characters, Star Realm is a good choice for you. I think its adventure and excitement pace is similar to Chronicles of Narnia. The theme is much more accessible to me in Star Realm, however. I am truly impressed with this story.

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As an adult who reads plenty of speculative fiction, I find myself testing the barriers of reality within a story. You can tell me outrageous lies and I will suspend disbelief, but I will also poke and prod the world for believability. It was refreshing to be swept so far away from real life that the idea of testing for believability became the ridiculous and implausible notion.

Before I had kids I always fancied myself a sort of Peter Pan. Raising your own little people can really convince you that you are grown. Star realm was a great chance for me to think in kid terms again. Now’s the part where you stop reading and buy. Go ahead…

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