Over the past couple of weeks I have been reading to my son Joshua's class a story I have written entitled--Tales of Rathscar: The Tunnel Under Scarborough House. So far the reactions from Josh's fellow students have been very positive to this middle-grade fantasy novel, written in the spirit of C. S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia. One ten-year-old boy told me today, "It's the best story I've ever heard!"
So what's it about? The James Family (Ian, Deirdre and their four children--Tim, Liam, Ryan and Pip), move from America to a 12-bedroom Irish country manor, Scarborough House. 13-year-old Liam, who narrates this story, is the first to discover there are many unusual things about the house where they are living. Not only is it the site of an ancient battle, it is also built atop a faerie mound and has a tunnel running underneath it. Life only becomes weirder and more dangerous for Liam when he meets Tom the Leprechaun who lives, secretly, on the grounds of Scarborough House. While taking his brothers with him to search for Tom’s crock of gold in the tunnel, Liam and his brothers fall down a mineshaft into the strange land of Rathscar. However, that accident is only the beginning of their adventures. Before they are through their sister’s life will be put at great risk, and all four children will discover a truth about one of the members of their family that they never could have imagined.
If you would like to read some sample chapters and comment on them, you can do so here: