Elastic Island Adventures: Kingdom of Blong is the fifth in an exciting junior fiction series, a fantasy action-adventure set in the South Pacific for readers aged 8-12. Note all the Elastic Island Adventures books are stand-alone reads.
‘Kingdom of Blong is the battle between good and evil. It is an action-packed thrilling read. I so admire Karen McMillan’s inventiveness. For the Kingdom of Blong she has again created a cast of fascinating anthropomorphic creatures. Some are purely imaginary like the bilbies. But the sagacious Heathcliff is based on her husband Iain’s real-life pet. She has made the cat’s palace into a wondrous place. And to extend young readers’ literary knowledge has playfully inserted plaques all over its walls with feline quotes from famous authors including Charles Dickens and Ernest Hemingway. As a grandparent I heartily recommend this book aimed at 7–12-year-olds. And the adventurous four who are courageous enough to stand up for the weak are great role models.’ ~NZ Booklovers
‘Miss Nine is a consummate fan of the Elastic Island Adventures. The four children and their cat Blong have become almost like members of the family; she speaks of them as if she knows them personally! High adventure rules in this story. There is a kidnapping, treason, a mystery to be solved, warfare (between cats and bilbies), and plenty of magic. It is real escapist stuff, but with links to the real world through local places (Browns Bay and the Pacific Ocean). There is also the inevitable teasing that goes on within a group when the members all know one another well. Miss Nine loved this; she said the best part of arguments within a family or small friendship group is being able to give one another a hard time while being aware that at the end of the day you are still all there to support one another. Even if your name is Kiri or Ethan! 10/10.’ ~ Kiwi Reviews
‘This series is a lot of fun, easy to read and brings up problems that we humans have in our own society. Reluctant readers will have no problem with these stories.’ ~ bobsbooksnz
Find out more about Auckland author Karen McMillan on her author profile.