The FunGkins

The Battle For Halladon

Children - Adventure
262 Pages
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Author Biography

C. Raymond Gray
Birth Place – Tuskegee, Alabama

Born and raised in a town rich in history, C. Raymond is the seventeenth of twenty siblings. As a boy, he often times played in the woods all day while observing the ways and habits of animals. He became amazed at how nature worked together. This fueled his already vivid imagination as he grew. What he learned enables him to weave the most fantastic tales. He has been: an Athlete, Teacher, Poet, Inventor, Storyteller, Businessman, and now an Author. However, of these, storytelling is his favorite. Often times, C. Raymond can be seen in classrooms or on stage telling stories of folklore about history’s legends and the days of old. To date, his stories have been enjoyed by thousands of students, parents, and teachers alike. At their request, he has decided to bring his tall tales to life in print form and soon to come audio books.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Stephen Fisher for Readers' Favorite

The FunGkins: The Battle For Halladon by C. Raymond Gray is a fantastical tale about FunGkins. This is a magical race of beings that for centuries were enslaved by the evil Leprechauns and forced to mine gold, and suffered many hardships, until they were able to escape. Many of them found their way to America by disguising themselves as rats on board the Mayflower. The story begins with Clara and her family in Pirate's Cove. After picking mushrooms in the forest, Clara's father found a really big one and the FunGkins send Jack One, and Jack Two to retrieve it. It is a special mushroom that contains powerful magic the FunGkins need to supply the magic necessary to maintain their realm. As a reward for helping them, Clara and Aunt Tilly get a tour of the Mushroom Valley. Everything seems wonderful until a tall, dark stranger overhears a tale of little people. When he appears on the Gooday's doorstep, they invite him in. Our heroine, Clara, calls her Aunt Tilly. When Clara spies on him with her magic telescope, she becomes terrified, and sends out a warning to the FunGkins.

The author does an amazing job of describing everything in this tale so vividly that you, as the reader, can picture in your mind as if you are actually there. With all of the splendor, magic and wonder that could put Oz to shame, C. Raymond Gray's story telling reminded me instantly of the great J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. What I really liked was how when our villain appears the writing style became lyrical. By the story's end, you are left hanging in suspense for the next installment. The FunGkins is a wondrous, captivating book that can be enjoyed by all ages. All I can say is ... Wow!

C. Raymond Gray

Thank you Stephen Fisher for five stars and thank you Reader's Favorite for choosing my first Children's Adventure Book as a 2016 Finalist!