The Glass Table (Book I)
This mystery/thriller pits twelve young children against a formidable captor, a witch who casts them into a spell to live in the river Kai as spirits.
The children are divided into two opposing groups: the wood spirits and the river spirits. The river spirits can escape the spell and return home as children but only with dire consequences for the wood spirits and for nature.
The children learn that it is only through trust, camaraderie and teamwork do they have a chance to return home to their families. However, when a wood spirit named Faith suffers the consequences of Toby Witherspoon's daring escape, all bets are off, even though a greater threat emerges on the banks of the river Kai.
"This is a really fresh concept with a great message. There are lots of eco-friendly stories out there, but not since Miyazaki's Nausicaa have I come across one so imaginative. You're an extremely strong writer with particular talent in dialogue; it always flowed very naturally, and you did a wonderful job making your characters' voices distinct. Despite all the fantastical elements, I believed every word of this story. Well done."
Reviewer, Writers Digest
"The child spirits are permitted to visit their homes and these episodes are both entertaining and poignant. Unable to be seen or heard, the children can only watch as their families struggle without them. Gradually they begin to understand how much they are loved. For young readers, this may be the story's most valuable lesson."
"The writer has excellent powers of description and a good grasp of pace and dramatic tension."
Lorna Read, editor/author
"Action-packed and abounding with quirky, likable characters, this small gem has the power to keep readers entranced."
"I have just finished reading your book and it is FANTASTIC!! I think it is way better than Harry Potter. Looking forward to reading the next one!!"
"I've just read your book, The Glass Table, and I love it! Will be introducing this to my 6 year-old niece!"
Shiuan Ling, Singapore