ISBN 10: 1682220419 / ISBN 13: 9781682220412
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Inhaltsangabe: Raphael knew his journey was fraught with trials and tribulations. Who will the masters send to help me? he wondered. When will they come? How will I know them? Can I travel on this journey beyond alone? Raphael bowed his head and recited a prayer: "We pray with our hearts so the universe will hear. We pray with our hearts and include those we hold dear. Those that are gone to the heavens above. Those that shine down on us with guidance and love. All that is spiritual and all that is good, will guide us on this journey as the universe said it would." Let the journey begin!

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Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers' FavoriteBattle of the Beetle: The Journey Beyond is a children's fantasy novella written by Cheryl A. Matsen-Nieves. Raphael and his companions, Frogeye, Sister Seven and Haniel, are being attacked by a gigantic beetle. It set its sights on Haniel, flew high into the sky, and then turned and plummeted at her, piercing her throat and beginning to feed on her blood. Raphael grabbed his sword and struck at the giant bug, carving off a piece of its wing, but the bug was not affected and reacted by flying into the sky once more to attack Raphael in turn. Raphael was ready and waiting with his sword, but the bug was wily and turned at the last minute, stabbing Raphael in the hand. The beetle then went on after Frogeye. No matter how hard they fought, the brave company seemed to have no way to combat this foe, until they invoke the forces of the universe for assistance.Cheryl A. Matsen-Nieves' children's fantasy novella, Battle of the Beetle: The Journey Beyond, is a whimsical New Age tale that is original and entertaining. While I cringed at the thought of the beetle's eyes bubbling and dripping like lava, I imagine the targeted audience will be clapping and cheering as the persistent foe gets his comeuppance. Matsen-Nieves uses snappy dialog, idioms, rhymes and word play to keep the hilarity and whimsy going throughout this slightly different epic fantasy. This imaginative story should keep readers giggling and reading further as the adventurers battle bravely on despite overwhelming odds. Battle of the Beetle: The Journey Beyond is recommended reading for children who love fantasy.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford
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Everyone has a gift. Some have gifts that are magical and save lives. Others have gifts of compassion, love and friendship. Raphael and Haniel's gifts have a special purpose, to fight the evil that surrounds them and, in this story, the evil is a huge beetle. But it is Frogeye, the one-eyed frog friend, a prince in its own right, who must really save the day.

This is a fantasy adventure that will thrill all young readers. Cheryl A Matsen-Nieves leads the reader through the plot using mostly dialogue. Whilst this makes the reading lighter and easier, more descriptive passages would be helpful, including some backstory to prepare the reader to understand the protagonists' quest. There are a lot of surrealistic episodes, made almost believable by the characters' exchanges amongst themselves. For example, Frogeye, the one-eyed frog, exerts more power than anyone thought he could, especially when he suddenly displays more than one eye, only to revert to his one-eyed state. The magical tree, known as the Sister Seven, has a great sense of humor and manages to keep the rest of the mismatched troupe of adventurers in line.

The beetle, the very huge beetle, maliciously appears out of nowhere and causes great havoc. The motley group of adventurers stands together, but one of them gets seriously wounded by the beetle. Another adventure develops as the cast search for some magic to heal the wounds inflicted by the beetle. And, yes, again, it is the one-eyed frog, Frogeye, who plays a significant part. An interesting tale and a lively adventure of fantasy for young readers.

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