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Escape From The Forbidden Planet (Adventures of Caramel Cardamom Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 177 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Age Level: 9 - 12 Grade Level: 3 - 6
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About the Author

With a background in paediatric nursing, Julie Anne Grasso spent many years literally wrapping children in cotton wool. Every day she witnessed great courage and resilience from the tiny people she cared for, which inspired her to write stories about a little girl elf just like them. She lives in Melbourne Australia with her husband Danny and their little elf Giselle.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 727 KB
  • Print Length: 177 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Julie Anne Grasso (28 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009FXC42A
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #734,909 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When I first read the blurb about this book I thought elves, syrup, um... maybe too sickly for me. But then I realised what a kick-ass (excuse me) and tech-savvy heroine Caramel is!

The book starts with an accident - which introduces us to Caramel and her mum - a healer in the elf-emergency squad. They heal by the power of the mind, and Caramel's mum is an ace healer - but even so, Caramel is left with a dodgy leg and tends to limp a lot. Fast forward a few years and Caramel is dashing about all over the place - linked in with technology to her friends in the forest canopy and the ones at the Pizza parlour. Caramel is just about to take her EATs (Elf Aptitude Tests) and although she wants to be a healer like her mum, on a short holiday in the canopy, picking cardomom pods, she discovers she can also talk to trees.

However, she is not the only one in the canopy; an alien race of Alexanders - whose aim is to dominate the world in communications devices - has a spy in their midst. A spy who will stop at nothing to elevate his own status and who discovers that cardomom is the secret ingredient he has been looking for.

There are more twists in this tale than a curls round a candyfloss stick - and did I mention that it is full of food? Do not read this if you are on a diet! I have been generously supplied with the recipe for the sticky date and chocolate cake with cardomom caramel syrup, and I intend to use it at the next opportunity! But that does not influence my impartial review - Escape is a rollicking high-tech elf story that people from about 8 upwards will enjoy to the full!
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I love books that fiddle around with genres and thus expectations. Julie Grasso's MG book has a mixture of fantasy, sci-fi and teen drama and flits between them like a little elf.
The book tells the story of Caramel, an Elf princess, whose mother is one of planet Cardaman's most proficient elf-healer. As a young child Caramel is injured in an accident, and although healed is left with an impaired leg- something which hangs over her in the present day.
During a trip to see a friend who lives in the canopy of trees where the cardamon seeds are cultivated, Caramel encounters an alien who is investigating the planet. The alien clone (Alexander222) is on the look-out for alternative energy sources to present to the immoral corporation he works for.
The book moves into conspiracies, kidnapping, and exile to earth. Without giving too much away, Grasso writes a fun and fast paced adventure story with well-rounded characters. I enjoyed the realistic relationships between Caramel and her parents, and the punchy dialogue between Caramel and her friends. The evolving powers of Caramel provide a nice bridge to the sequel, which I'm looking forward to.
There's a few things which sit oddly- there's a tendency for cliffhangers every chapter, which aren't really necessary as the story is strong enough. The evolution of the elf powers borders on deus ex machina at times, although logically explained in the finale.
Despite those minor grumbles, this is a fab book and the interesting spin of having elf-healers as cool paramedics with healing abilities was icing on the cake for me. I'm passing the book onto my kids, who are the target audience, and I know they'll love it.
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This book, along with the sequel, Return to Cardamom, was recently entered and won The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our young readers thought:

FEEDBACK

Author: Julie Anne Grasso

Title: Escape from the Forbidden Planet / Return to Cardamom

COVER: 9/10
The children loved both of the covers, particularly on Return To Cardamom. They thought they were colourful, fun and made you want to instantly open the book. They also liked the catchy blurbs although a few of the readers thought, compared to the fronts, the backs were a little bland.

CONTENT 10/10
All of the children loved the two books, particularly the first. They loved the ‘sweet’ theme and the fun characters, particularly the hero, Caramel. They very much enjoyed following her on her adventure. They loved the imagination of the author when she described the elf planet and they very much enjoyed all the twists and turns. One reader put in her feedback, ‘This is a very fast-paced story which is perfect for me. The characters were good too. I liked Alexander222.’ Another reader put, ‘After reading the first book for the awards in school time I then took the second book home and read it over a weekend. It was very exciting and was almost as good as the first. Will there be a third book?’ Another reader put, ‘I liked it when an elf was healing. That was best.’

EDITING 10/10
The readers thought the books were well edited and discovered no glaring problems with grammar, punctuation or spelling. They also thought the pacing in the two books was well balanced with the setting and character descriptions. One reader put, ‘This was a non-stop adventure but the author still put a lot of work into the elf and planet descriptions. I liked that.
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Meet Caramel Cinnamon, an elf who lives in Cardeville on the planet Cardamom. Caramel's bad accident when she was little has left her with a gammy leg, but that doesn't stop her doing all kinds of things an elf of her age would do--such as spending two weeks visiting her friend Jemm Jasmine in the tree canopy village and having loads of fun. But treachery and tragedy lie in store for the unsuspecting inhabitants of Cardamom. The villainous Alexander222, an off-world explorer, along with his sidekick clone, Lex, arrive from the planet Isqwartz. His planet resource is crystal, but supplies are dwindling. They need a renewable resource to trade with other members of the Intergalactic Council. Cardamom is just perfect, especially when the properties of this amazing plant become evident. Alexander222 is desperate to impress the Clone Council and get back into favor. The elves are betrayed by someone close to them, and things turn ugly. Caramel's grandparents (the King and Queen of Cardamom) are kidnapped and Caramel recognizes their attacker. Before she can make trouble for him, Alexander222 dumps Caramel and her parents on the forbidden planet (Earth) that the Alexanders desperately try to avoid after a bad incident there (Roswell!). Although Earth isn't as technologically advanced as Cardamom, Caramel and her parents make plans to rescue the King and Queen ... until things go horribly awry! Now it's up to Caramel to do it all on her own, with some help from her new Earth friends.

This is an enchanting fantasy tale to delight readers of all ages. Cardamom's elves are not your ordinary fairytale elves. Science and technology rub shoulders comfortably with a twist of fantasy in this magical world. These elves have telepathic skills as well as healing talents.
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