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JOURNEY TO THE HOMELAND

HANNAH STAHLHUT

HANNAH ENGLAND -COVER ILLUSTRATOR

Young Adult Fiction

Baker Trittin Press
March 2008

ISBN: 9780981489308

Enter the fantasy world of Diggeret where a young orphan boy has been born with the stunning gift of being able to communicate with animals. Seeking a home, he travels from village to village, finally staying for another brief time in Crempet. Outside of Crempet is Adrian, an animal who is now Keegan's best friend. Adrian helps rescue a young, bold girl who attracts friends by her far-fetched stories.

Nora, however, cannot stop herself from exaggerating and finds herself in a frightening situation when she lies about how she was rescued by a huge jaguar. She tells the tale so convincingly that she is about to be kidnapped, and Keegan feels terrible at allowing her to take credit that has now resulted in her debacle.

Silence, Keegan realizes, is not always golden or heroic. Determined to rescue her, he and Adrian set off toaccomplish the task in a hair-raising series of acts.

Keegan and Nora decide to travel to the land where there are others who possess Keegan's uncanny gift of speaking to and understanding the language of animals. A jaguar and a friendly bird help them travel safely to Iviannah which Keegan and Nora hope will provide a safe haven and home. However, little do they expect that the inhabitants believe Diggeret is their deadly enemy and little do they know how it will be resolved, again by speaking truth.

Journey to the Homeland is crafted amazingly well for a 16 year-old girl and bodes well for novels that the reader will expect from this talented writer.

Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on March 30, 2008

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