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The Realm of the Lost
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The Realm of the Lost
by Emma Eden Ramos
Genre: Middle Grade Action Adventure Fantasy
Tags: Sisterhood, extinct animals, death, mythology, family, divorce, Ireland, grandmothers
Editor: Nicole Zoltack
Line Editor: Kim Cresswell
Cover Designer: Kaytalin Platt
Thirteen-year-old Kathleen "Kat" Gallagher has had it with her family. The eldest of three children, Kat feels trapped ever since her parents’ separated and she had to take on more responsibility than she feels prepared for. Everything changes on a frigid morning in mid-December when an accident propels Kat into unfamiliar territory.
Stuck in the place where people go when they have died before their time, Kat must face obstacles she could never have imagined.
With the help of other young inhabitants of the Realm of the Lost, Kat learns the true meaning of friendship and family.
"Kat, run!" I heard Rosario call from behind me.
I opened my eyes. "What?"
"Run!" Rosario grabbed my arm, jolting me into action.
"What's going on?" I followed Rosario as she darted toward the path that wound through Taiga. I heard Mikey huffing behind us.
"Darkness," he whimpered.
Wisps of thick fog, like rings from a dirty chimney, circled above us. Further up, a giant wave of navy blue, almost black, began to unfold. Darkness was descending, and quickly.
"What should we do?" I grabbed Mikey's hand, shaking uncontrollably. "We can't go through there now!"
"We have to. There's no other way home." Rosario took my other arm. "Kat, Mikey." She molded us into a tight huddle then placed her steady hands on our trembling shoulders. "Keep your heads to the ground. Whatever you hear, pretend it isn't there. Focus on home."
We stepped through the clearing and into the forest. Rosario first, then me, then Mikey.
Home. Our white, two-story house with the black shingled roof that dad had—no, not that home.
Who would have thought that in that few pages one can make a magical, wonderful and well-written story? The concepts were well developed. I like how Ms. Ramos depicted the Realm of the Lost, it was unique and magical... All in all, I recommend this book. Most especially to children out there! - Bookworms Avenue Review...READ FULL REVIEW
The four realms and what they signify are interesting, and could bring additional inspiration for a series of novellas, if Ramos is so inclined — the possibilities are
endless. But what is truly engaging is the parallels between The Realm of the Lost and Kat’s real life, only in the lost realm, Kat is forced to take on the role of younger
sibling. The Realm of the Lost by Emma Eden Ramos is an adventure that teachers Kat that there are more important things than just whether you have your own
room. - Savvy Verse and Wit Review...READ FULL REVIEW
What a truly magnificent and unique plot and concept! Where do you go when you pass away too young? Emma Ramos has created a truly facinating and absorbing novella that leaves the reader pondering this question- characters and plot devices are spot on- fast moving and deeply moving, THE REALM OF THE LOST comes very highly recommended! - GOODREADS reader review - READ FULL REVIEW
The plot was completely original and very interesting. It was fast-paced and kept me interested throughout. - Read, Write, Sleep, Eat! Review...READ FULL REVIEW
About the Author:
Emma Eden Ramos is a writer from New York City. Her short stories have appeared in Stories for Children Magazine, The Storyteller Tymes, BlazeVOX Journal, and others. Emma's novelette, Where the Children Play, is included in Resilience: Stories, Poems, Essays, Words for LGBT Teens, edited by Eric Nguyen.
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