Chrystallia and the Source of Light

Children - Grade 4th-6th
296 Pages
Reviewed on 12/12/2011
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Author Biography

Born March 23, 1943, Paul Michael Glaser is an actor, director, activist and author. He is perhaps best known for his role as Detective David Starsky in Starsky & Hutch, a popular television series of the 70s. Glaser later served as Chairman of the Board of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation – a nonprofit organization established by his wife, Elizabeth, when she and their children were diagnosed with HIV. He was Chairman of the Board for six years and now serves as Honorary Chairman.

With over four decades in the film/television industry, Glaser has turned his attention to his latest project, Chrystallia and the Source of Light, a children’s series that follows the magical journey of two children, Maggie and Jesse, who stumble upon a medieval kingdom underground where everything and everyone are made of minerals and crystals. Amazed by the kingdom and its inhabitants, the two children discover that the only way for them to get back home is to find the source of light that the boy believes will save their dying mother. For more information or to view the flash site, please visit:

    Book Review

Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for Readers' Favorite

"Chrystallia" by P.M. Glaser was a pleasure to read and review. Glaser has created a magical world brought to life through beautiful illustrations and brilliant writing.

Siblings Maggie and Jesse were facing a family crisis; their home was being repossessed and their mother was dying. Like many siblings the two rarely got along. Maggie is the elder of the two siblings; she is also pouty and immature. The tale begins with the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree. When the tree is located Jesse does not want it cut down. Somehow he knows it is a special tree.

Much like Alice in the famous tale, the siblings fall down a hole in the tree. They land in a strange world filled with crystals and stones. When Jesse turns on his flashlight the crystals come to life. They transform into crystalline people that crave light. There are kings, queens, princes, princesses and imaginative creatures, each with their own personality and voice.

But as in life, there are also evil crystalline people who want the life giving light of the flashlight for themselves. Maggie and Jesse are quickly caught up in an adventure that will test their wits and love for each other. Author P.M. Glaser successfully weaves the threads of this multidimensional plot into an exciting adventure with a deep message.

While this book is written for younger readers, adults will find this tale enchanting as well. It would be remiss of me not to mention the beautiful art work in this book. I repeatedly reviewed the magnificent illustrations of the characters. Kudos to artist Dave Zaboski.

I love this book. I quickly became a part of the fast paced adventure and was drawn in by the mystery and fear of the unknown with Maggie and Jesse. I hope this continues into a series and even finds its way onto the silver screen. I highly recommend this book and expect it to become a young adult classic.


Debra Gaynor said it all in her lovely review. Let me just add that I enjoyed this is a beautiful story of love and loss that will appeal to children of all ages.