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The Key to Chintak: Children's Edition: The Zamorian Chronicles Paperback – 23 May 2005
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From the Author
Well, 100's of you have asked me what the key looks like... so check out this new version The Children's Edition. It not only has the key, but is also presented in a bigger font to make the book easier to digest with your eyes! The cover for The Childrens Edition is set to change in the coming months, and you will get to vote on the new design. Keep an eye on the book's website for details.
It's taken a long time to get here, but the reaction I'm getting from everyone who reads it makes it all worthwhile. What is especially pleasing for me is that not only do kids love it, but adults do too. The media are starting to take note now so the next year is set to be a very interesting one!
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There cant be many twelve-year-old girls who can read from the blank pages of an ancient black book. A book that, since it was discovered buried by the sands of time in the Egyptian desert, has baffled archaeologists and scientists alike. But then Millie is no ordinary twelve-year-old girl and what she unearths buried in the pages of the two-thousand-year-old book leads her and her grandad on an adventure of true self discovery and wonder. A journey like none other ever undertaken where they encounter most powerful and deadly forces with nothing more than courage and cunning that is until the book helps Millie in a way she could never have imagined. Follow them on their quest as they battle their way around the globe in an attempt to solve the mysteries behind some of the ancient wonders of the world in search of their ultimate goal The Key to Chintak.See all Product description
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This astonding first book of the series is a gripping page turning novel that we were almost denied if it wasn't for the stubborness of John Howard who, when his book wasn't produced, he thought it hadn't even been read. So as a test he copied out a brand new washing machine manuel and sent it to be published and it came back with the same stamp. He was so sure his book was great that he published it himself and we got a great book from it. There are no faults in this book except the overuse of the letter Z but that is easily overlooked.
On hearing the plot, and being told that if you love Harry Potter (which I do), then this is the book to read, I was very keen to read it. I was fairly intrigued by the first few chapters, but I'm afraid to say that the more I read, the less I enjoyed it.
One of the great things about Harry Potter, is that although it's about magic, it's also about real life. People die and Harry looses the people closest to him. In this book, at first when Millie got into trouble, I was genuinely concerned that she'd escape alive, but after she managed to escape every ordeal practically unharmed (usually by using her new power she didn't know she had!), by the end when she got into trouble, I stopped caring, because I knew she'd survive!
Overall, very disappointing!
Millie is the smart, street wise, cheeky but likeable, 12 year old heroine with a well read, adventurous grandfather. Together they embark on a magical, mystical,round the world journey, fraught with danger and intrigue.
The big appeal of the 'Da Vinci Code' was that the story was closely intertwined with real places and events. Similarly John Howard has skillfully worked his plot around existing places of ancient history and magic, making his story ever more exiting and dare I say educational!
Children around the UK are falling in love with this wonderful book. It is about time the grown-ups catch up!