The Ever Part of Always--Keely Tucker's First AdventureHot
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.
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
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
..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.
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,
..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.