St Griswold College for Abandoned Boys

Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
288 Pages
Reviewed on 11/17/2014
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Author Biography

I'm an Australian author living in Canberra, who loves writing, art and design.

In my spare time I enjoy running over the hills and mountain bike trails of the nearby pine and eucalypt forests of Mt Stromlo.

I love to read and write about fantasy. The more magic, wings and strange characters, the better -- especially when they're thrown into ethereal or dystopian worlds. If I had a wish, I'd ask for a Tardis to check out the future and the rest of the universe.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Dinorah Blackman for Readers' Favorite

In this brilliant novel, Xavier: St Griswold College for Abandoned Boys, the story is told of thirteen-year-old Xavier Jones who seems to have a normal life with his parents and younger sister. But one day, for no apparent reason, his parents drop him off at St. Griswold College For Abandoned Boys. All Xavier knows is that there seemed to be some financial problems and his parents then made the decision to dispose of him. Now he clings to an old photograph of the four of them that becomes a reminder of simpler, happier times. This condition of abandonment pushes Xavier into a whirlwind of fear and a host of other negative emotions that threaten to destroy him. Sensing his vulnerability, bullies rush in and Xavier struggles to stay strong. And in so doing he discovers the voices, the Celestial Power, and strange encounters between forces. In the end, Xavier is caught in the middle of an adventure that turns into the timeless battle between good and evil.

E.M. Cooper is a superb writer who has mastered the ability to capture the reader’s attention and to deliver unpredictable plots. Cooper uses language that is appropriate and easy to understand for young and old. His knowledge of how a thirteen-year-old boy’s mind works adds credibility to the story. The characters are easy to relate to and one can easily visualise each one of them while reading. Cooper’s unusual plot relies on his ability to play with words in such a way that the reader can’t keep from turning the pages. The ending of this story leaves room for a sequel that will surely impress fans and leave them begging for more.