If you are craving a Christmas story with a mix of adventure, danger, and heart, look no further—Jake & The Gingerbread Wars delivers. From the beginning when Gingerbread men come to life to an errant, runaway Christmas elf, this story is sure to keep children mesmerized. The mischievous little elf, known as Humbug, wants nothing more than to become a Halloween elf (can you imagine?) and leads a group of children through a merry mess of mischief! Perhaps, with a bit of sparkle, they will all discover the magic of Christmas.
Series: The Gryphon Chronicles
Author: E.G. Foley
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Available Editions: Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle | Audible
Summary: After his harsh beginnings as a rough-and-tumble orphan on the streets of London, Jake Everton takes his rightful place as the long-lost heir of an aristocratic family with magical powers – his personal quest, to follow in his slain parents’ footsteps as a Lightrider in the age-old battle of good versus evil. In the fantastical nooks and crannies of the Victorian Age, Jake and his friends (including his pet Gryphon) find no shortage of adventure – righting magic-related wrongs, solving supernatural mysteries, and exploring wondrous new worlds. Now it’s Jake’s first Christmas with his eccentric magical relatives, but trouble never takes a holiday… [Source: Amazon.com]
How it Begins:
The story begins with a quartet of children wandering the streets of London during the holiday season. They are discussing the Christmas pageant for which Lord Griffon, a boy of a mere age of 12, is not too pleased he must partake in. Due to happenstance, this is the first year that he is recognizing the magic of Christmas. It is all a bit overwhelming.
The quartet consists of Jake, his two cousins, Isabelle and Archie, and his faithful friend from the orphanage, Dani O’Dell.
I love coming across passages that evoke emotion, whether it is laughter, strife, or heart. These quotes are pure heart…
“Because if people could see me right there in the room, they’d have proof that I’m real and then they wouldn’t have to believe. Believing is what Christmas is all about, Jake,” Santa said.
“Ah, Jake,” Santa said with a smile. “The greatest Present of all was given to mankind on the very first Christmas, long ago. You think my little trinkets can ever top that?” He shook his head fondly. “No, the toys and treats I bring are only reminders of the true gift of His pure love, and I myself am only a shadow of who the real Giver is.”
What I Enjoyed About This Book
I loved the development of the story; it is a wild ride. Children will love the varied creatures and storybook characters the author introduces. To mention a few, a not-so-merry elf, yetis, the Snow Maiden and Jack Frost, and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus! There are many more but I don’t want to spoil all the surprises!
This is part of the Gryphon Chronicles series. This book was easily a stand-alone read on its own, but for children who enjoyed the main characters and want to explore more of their adventures, there are additional reading options.
At the end of the book, the author reminds the reader of the true meaning and spirit of Christmas. A gentle reminder all children need to hear and using Santa’s ‘voice’ to deliver the message was perfect!
There were also the chapter title puns that left me smirking and shaking me head, such as, ‘Yule Be Sorry.’ Oh, come on. You know you want to smile, too!
This story begins with the bakery’s gingerbread ‘people’ coming to life and comes full circle when Jake returns to rescue them—with a parade of characters in between. At 171 pages, Jake & The Gingerbread Wars deserves to become a holiday classic on your middle-grader’s bookshelf. The story contains enough gusto to keep children reading page after page.
Connect with E.G. Foley
E.G. FOLEY is the pen name for a husband-and-wife writing team who live in Pennsylvania. To learn more about this writing team, please visit their website at: egfoley.com.
As hectic as the holidays may be, sometimes children find a lot of time on their hands during school vacation. This is the perfect opportunity for them to unwrap a holiday book to enjoy. Why not be prepared by having a few books on hand to entertain them? It is one of the best gifts you can give your child this year—the gift of reading.
Merry Christmas everyone,