The Visitor's Choice

A Search to Make Things Right

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
184 Pages
Reviewed on 08/05/2014
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Author Biography

Alexander Davidson is an author, secondary educator, and certified reading specialist with a BA from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) and an MAT in Literacy Education from Madonna University (Livonia, MI). He has been a member of the National Council of Teachers of English since 2011 and has presented at the National Conference for Peer Tutoring in Writing (2009) and the Michigan Reading Association Annual Conference (2014). While teaching reading and writing to middle school and high school students, Alexander Davidson strives to create written works that will interest his students and teach them valuable lessons at the same. The Visitor's Choice: A Search to Make Things Right (Ferne Press) is his first novel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Visitor's Choice by Alexander Davidson is the tale of David Wilson: an average young man who likes a laid back lifestyle away from the troubles of his squabbling parents. As usual, he is packed off to stay with a family friend for the summer, but what he doesn’t bank on is his sudden departure to the mysterious kingdom of Ethelrod, where he finds himself tested to his limits. As the very first visitor to Ethelrod, David becomes the subject of huge attention and it’s going to take all his wits to survive the trials and drama that await him.

The Visitor’s Choice really champions books in general and convincingly shows young people the true value of imagination and adventure. David is a relatable lazy student thrown into a situation which requires knowledge he was too laid back to retain the first time around; a valuable metaphor for today’s youth. The adventure itself is fun and well-written, with vivid characters who each have their own interesting back-stories and teach David some useful lessons during his journey. The collision of David’s real-world problems and the land of Ethelrod makes for exciting reading, but also allows the protagonist to deal with the issues of his past through the medium of this otherworldly kingdom. Overall, I feel that author Alexander Davidson has created a clever moral message at the centre of a highly enjoyable story. I would be very interested to see what other adventures and issues David might face in future books.