The Incredible Adventures of Absolutely Normal

Children - Adventure
185 Pages
Reviewed on 03/09/2020
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Author Biography

Amanda Rotach Lamkin always knew she wanted to be an author when she grew up. She still plans on growing up someday, but in the meantime she’s too busy being a mom, a wife, a publisher, and an author. She has written children’s picture books, young adult adventure novels, post-apocalyptic dystopian tales, and paranormal romance murder-mysteries. In her spare time, such as it is, she owns Line by Lion Publications, an independent international press that helps other authors’ stories come to life. She is an avid and voracious reader, will watch sappy movies that make her cry every time, and falls asleep to the sound of gun battles in action flicks.

She currently does her writing on a small farm in Louisville, KY, where with her husband she is raising four kids, a small garden, and a number of animals that are mostly rescues who are now living their best life.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Incredible Adventures of Absolutely Normal is a work of fiction for children in the adventure genre and was penned by author Amanda Rotach Lamkin. Despite what the title suggests, this quirky and intelligent book follows the exploits of lead character Albert, who begins the story very much in the shadow of his brave and charismatic cousin Samuel. But when Albert is delivered to another world entirely, he has to discover what he’s really made of beyond his seeming normality. What results is a charming and empowering story about the makings of a hero and the voyage of self-discovery for young people when life puts them to the test.

Poignant and positive, but also laced with heartache, reality, and struggle, this is a book that children who feel like a bit of an underdog are sure to treasure and get inspired by every time they pick it up. The intended reading age of 7 to 12-year-olds will find that they can escape into this highly accessible book independently, or indeed discuss and explore the novel with friends and family. The chapter book formatting is gorgeous and well spread out to make this feel like a classic adventure novel, and there are varied modern themes and different personality types for Albert (and us readers) to discover, empathize with and fall for time and again. Overall, The Incredible Adventures of Absolutely Normal presents a lavishly descriptive and inspiring story from talented storyteller Amanda Rotach Lamkin, and it’s a tale not to be missed.