The Ever Part of Always--Keely Tucker's First Adventure

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The Ever Part of Always--Keely Tucker's First Adventure
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Co-Authors / Illustrators
Diana Magnuson/Illustrator
Age Group
12+
Published Date
February 02, 2012
ISBN Number
9781469745923
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Keely Rosalie Tucker is a modern-day knight with no armor. Constantly bullied by a neighbor boy, Keely struggles to find her place in the world in which she is comforted only by the stories her Gramms has told her about enchanted, faraway places, where unicorns, and mythical beasts protect children from life’s everyday pains and dangers. Now all Keely has to do is figure out how to call them to help her.
Everything changes when her beloved Gramms suddenly dies and gifts Keely with her aging horse, Mariah—setting the stage for an adventure. Keely discovers that Mariah can talk, and she soon finds her way to a hidden valley over the moon and beyond rainbows where monsters and dragons disturb and invade the peace of mind. Now she must learn to believe in herself and develop her secret powers in order to deliver a miracle before it is too late.
In this captivating and charming fantasy tale, a girl learns to summon her courage and rely on her imagination as she opens her heart and mind to the sounds of the possible in a last-ditch effort to save a friend.

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Wonderful story!
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A must read!
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A child’s imagination can be the strongest defense against the cruel reality of the world she lives in. This ideal is brought to life in The Ever Part of Always -- Keely Tucker’s First Adventure by Toby K. Davis. In a shining example of a side of American society that has been ignored for too long, Davis brings to life Keely: part child, part victim, but all hero. Keely’s world is one that is too common in towns across the United States. She faces physical abuse from a bully down the street, verbal and emotional abuse from an alcoholic mother, and psychological abuse from a loving but absent father. To combat the seemingly endless assault from the outside world, Keely uses her imagination to create a world of her own. A world where unicorns are the keepers of dreams, dragons guard the colors of the rainbow, and animal friends take on human traits and help Keely face the ultimate challenge: save the life of the unicorn Crea.
The Ever Part of Always -- Keely Tucker’s First Adventure is a bedtime story for the modern day youth. Emotional and heartfelt, the story is ideal for teaching children how to express their thoughts, feelings, and fears in positive and productive ways. Teachers, counselors, and therapists should consider this novel a vital asset to be used to help troubled students and children cope with the pressures of abusive or absent parents. Beautifully illustrated, uplifting and heartbreaking, The Ever Part of Always -- Keely Tucker’s First Adventure is a must for the bookshelves of children everywhere.
- Phil Bolos, Author of Fiend: The Manifestation
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Dragons to Dreamcatchers-Modern Fantasy Adventure
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The Ever Part of Always—Keely Tucker’s First Adventure by Toby K. Davis is a young adult novel that departs from the norm by exploring the inner world of young Keely Rosalie Jackson; a world forged to cope with an emotionally neurotic mother, an absentee father, the loss of her confidante, her grandmother, and a relentless bully who seems to trail Keely around the Appalachian foothills where she spends every moment outside of school. The loss of her grandmother adds a transformational presence to Keely's life, an elderly and fragile horse named Mariah, who for Keely is the reincarnation of her encouraging, supportive and loving grandmother. Toby Davis has an intuitive sense for the inner monologue of a young adolescent learning to overcome trials and tribulations that she inherited by no fault of her own, and for the loneliness and pain Keely experiences but eventually overcomes by asserting herself.
The Ever Part of Always is a story of a young woman's empowerment and coming into her own. The fantasy of her relationships with Mariah, and mythical beast Crea, are so enveloping and inspiring that I felt I was entering a whole new realm myself. An endearing, well-developed read that contends with the realities of the difficult and formative transition from childhood to adulthood and rewards the protagonist and the reader with Keely's triumph. From beginning to end, I found it to be an exciting and great story. A must read.
—Haggai Carmon, International Attorney, Author of 4 Dan Gordon Intelligence Thrillers
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..The author's fantasy happens in modern day and draws the reader into the story.
..Captivating heroine Keely learns to trust her instincts as she tries to survive in a difficult environment; and easily relates to modern readers.
…The poetic language and unusual speech for mythical creatures accents the story, as well as brings humor to the events unfolding.
…Pen and ink, intricate illustrations enhance the story.
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The Ever Part of Always--Keely Tucker's First Adventure
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The Ever Part of Always—Keely Tucker’s First Adventure is a novel about love and friendship across human generations but also about being open to giving and receiving these from nonhuman creatures. It deploys a tremendously rich and captivating vocabulary to convey beauty and wonder in the nature that surrounds us. On behalf of Keely and her friends, it finds unexpected possibilities for comfort and surprise in clouds and in rainbows and their colors, colors that become tinted rivers and homes to new and friendly, and not so friendly, creatures. The wind is a transmission belt of thought-words and sentiments, crossing great distances and different stages of the human condition. The cosmos, home to the clouds, rainbows, winds, secret caves, and dark pools, always described with great appeal to the imagination, is a constant backdrop to Keely’s adventures.
The book is soaked in imagery and situations—from thought language to wondrous unicorns and dragons—whose lineage draws from the timeless fairy tales of the past. But Keely, a heroine if there ever was one, is hardly a princess. She lives firmly in the twenty-first century, and it is not a pretty setting. Hard times; a difficult, somewhat neurotic mother; a father constantly on the road and never there for her; poor performance at school—a litany of woes befall her, all too familiar to our current age. It is her ability to turn it all off—to tune it out and step into a parallel universe of magical properties that envelop her as she takes on responsibility for her dying unicorn friend and embarks on a quest for a special potion—that makes Keely so appealing to the reader, keen to fully join in her adventures. Her canine friend, Growler, and feline boon companion, Meowcher, are almost surrogates for the kids who will read this book, wishing they could be there to ensure that Crea, the infirm unicorn, finally drinks the magic elixir.
Keely is everything any one of us would like to be. She is resourceful and quick thinking as she contemplates each new set of predicaments. She is focused on her goal to save Crea. She is adaptive as she draws water from clouds and uses dragon scales as stepping stones while descending the steep slopes flanking a magical waterfall. She is fearless in sidestepping dragons and ahead of everyone else in learning how to fly from a unicorn.
The Ever Part of Always is a great book, which will perhaps encourage kids to revise their thinking of what they can do, to convert, in Keely's words, the “im-possible” to the “is-possible.” One starts with imagination, after all, and this may be the book to spark the thought that becomes, as the saying goes, father to the deed.
—Albert A. Thibault, retired senior diplomat,
Good Points
..The use of evocative language pulls the reader into the story.
..It has a unique storyline with unusual twists and turns.
…It's a feel good book that makes readers want to read it again.
…It's received both the Editor's Choice Award and Rising Star Award, which recognized that the themes were relevant to today's youth.
..The illustrations are intricate black and white, pen and ink and set the stage for a lyrical fantasy.
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