The Tukor's Journey

Children - Preteen
592 Pages
Reviewed on 10/18/2018
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Author Biography

Jeannine Kellogg loves a grand adventure and a great story. She has traveled to fifteen countries and her adventures include hiking in New Zealand, sea-kayaking above the Arctic Circle, and wading through rice fields in Thailand. Yet she is certain that great inspiration is found not in distant adventures, but in the often-overlooked details of everyday life. Jeannine's career has spanned a variety of industries and roles, but has mostly involved analyzing lots of numbers and telling stories in numbers. Her first novel, The Tukor's Journey, began in a wind storm as Jeannine and her nephews dove deep into sheltered waters seeking sparkling blue stones only visible when sunlight broke through the clouds. Jeannine built a story around that diving expedition, and it grew into The Tukor's Journey adventure series. Jeannine enjoys nothing more than encouraging kids to seize life's wonderful adventures and take the lead in their own powerful journey.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

In The Tukor's Journey by Jeannine Kellogg, young siblings Mitch, Tony, and Jovi are wakened by the startling reality that the world as they have always known it is about to be destroyed by strange creatures called Grezniks. In fact these creatures have existed for centuries and their sinister plans have always been thwarted by the Tukors. But this time it is uncertain if they can be stopped. The kids are called upon to join in the fight to save the earth. Do they have what it takes to stop enemies that are as monumental as they are deadly?

Jeannine Kellogg’s writing is captivating and it has a strong appeal for young as well as older readers. I read the story with my eight-year-old son and, even though he had tons of questions, it was a delightful adventure. The narrative starts with unusual characters —Red Panda and Snow Monkey — and immediately introduce readers to the crisis. The reader can’t resist the characters, because they are well-developed, deeply human, and richly imagined. The prose exudes a finesse that is rare, evoking strong and interesting images.

From the beginning, the author offers clear images to readers, a promise of what awaits them as they progress into the story: "Wind whipped through the streets, trash swirled in doorways, and debris bunched together along the curbs. People bent downward, covered their heads from the cold, and moved quickly to reach their destinations." The characters are pulled into a strong conflict; it is interesting to watch they grow, learning as the conflict intensifies and learning to lean on each other’s strength. The Tukor's Journey is delightful, an exciting adventure and a tale with strong environmental themes. Highly recommended.