The Roads of Luhonono: Legend of The East Road by Hamilton Hill

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Publication Date: September 1, 2015



Construction in Lohonono stirs up spirits for 13-year-old Magdalene. With her friends, Peter and Gimbo, Magdalene soon finds herself on a quest to discover the Legend of East Road and uncover the secrets of the witch-doctor and his demons before its too late.


The author, Hamilton Hill, gave me a copy of this novel in exchange for my review.




The Roads of Luhonono is a story that takes middle grade children out of their world and time into a culturally rich story set in Africa in the early part of the last century. The children in the story believe in magic and have a sense of wonder that is age appropriate and, more important, convincing to the reader. When the white tribe starts building roads, the villagers become concerned for their safety. Magdalene discovers that their concerns are legitimate when the ancient spirits speak to her.

Hill isn’t an author that talks down to his readers. I’m sure that its tempting for authors writing to a certain demographic to simply but The Roads of Luhonono has a feeling of a work geared towards being a modern classic. Hill’s writing is sophisticated. He includes a glossary of African words for readers wanting to immerse themselves in a vivid experience.

The children of The Roads of Luhonono have a sense of reality. The novel fits easily in the fantasy genre but Magdalene and her friends are grounded but have that wonder inherent in children when they’re younger. Magdalene is curious without being precocious. She’s trusting without being gullible. She is loyal to her friends and they to her and trusts that they will stand by her side in the face of whatever challenges they meet. Magdalene is a girl that female readers will respect for her intelligence and insight. Gimbo and Peter have the sort of strong friendship seen in classic fiction with unique personalities and connections. The children share a realistic dialogue and an age appropriate approach to life for adolescents of their time. They have a limitless sense that is a pleasure for children of any age to share.

The setting is one that the author paints with vivid strokes. Hill is a world traveler and that experience shows in a landscape that gives the impression of authenticity. The African landscape is vast and and pregnant with possibility.  The introductions of infrastructure to the area call for overt descriptions are well edited and enhance the immersive experience. Interweaving in the change to landscape is a deep vein of evil. There are well integrated dream sequences that round out the fantasy aspect of the story.

If you have middle grade children or students, The Roads of Luhonono is a smart and informational period piece. Children will enjoy the sense of fun, subtle humor and surreal storyline. There is a well defined threat with an interesting backstory. The story is engaging and the characters familiar but unique. Pick it up today.



You can read an excerpt and buy The Roads of Luhonono: Legend of The East Road by Hamilton Hill on: 

Amazon U.S. • Amazon U.K. • Amazon Canada

For more information about Hamilton Hill and his work, visit his website. You can connect with him on Goodreads, Facebook and Twitter @HillHamilton .


Faith and Moonlight by Joe King and Mark Gelineau

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Publication Date: December 15, 2015


51oUd1Q1+-L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_The orphanage in which Kay and Roan live burns down and they must find a new situation. They decide to travel to the School of Faith to train to become one of the highly esteemed Razors. They’ve pledged to stay together but will they make the tough choices to survive?







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Theo and the Forbidden Language by Melanie Ansley

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Publication Date: November 19, 2014



Theo lives in the rabbit village of Willago and harbors a dark and dangerous secret. Reading and writing has been outlawed, but Theo simply can’t resist. When caught, things look dark but Brune, a brutish bear, thinks that Theo has a great destiny and frees him. Together they travel to Mandakar, a human world where animals are being robbed of their speech and enslaved. Risking everything, can Theo achieve his true potential?






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A Road to Nowhere by Shana Hammaker

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Publication Date: October 14, 2014


SH_The_Road_To_NowhereThe Mayor of Somewhere wants to build a bridge between his town and the Town of Nowhere. His secretary, Amarillo Saffron, is all for the connection. Her sister, Cerulean, has been stranded in Nowhere for nine years and Amarillo desperately wants to find her. There’s strong opposition to the bridge and saboteurs may just have prevented its construction for good. Can a town with no hope be connected with hope to spare?






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Desiccate: Sphere of Vision Book One by Bonnie Ferrante

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Publication Date: Febuary 26, 2014

BF_Disiccate_Spere_VisionLeya Truelong has always lived socially and economically below other girls in her village but has always known that despite any advantage, her 14th year is the great equalizer. When the Mistress of the Sphere of Vision comes to town it’s not about what you have because your parents have bought it, it’s about what’s inside and what’s inside and Leya may the highest prize of all, the coveted double vision. Can Leya succeed over those trying to destroy her and overcome herself to become who she’s meant to be?

The author, Bonnie Ferrante, gave me a copy of this novel in exchange for my review.




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Her Unwelcome Inheritance by J. Aleksandr Wootton

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Publication Date: August 18, 2013

JW_Unwelcome_InheritanceMany years ago Faerie was destroyed in a vicious civil war. There are those, including its ruler who feels that it can once again reach prominence. In order to do so, he needs Petra Goodfellow. Petra is an average teenager whose mother and aunt have more than their share of secrets including the man stalking them, James Oberon the ruler of Faerie. Thwarted kidnap attempts lead Petra to a serious crossroads. What will she do?





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Millie and Honey: The Blue Angel Planet by J.D. Means (author) & Romar Limpana (Illustrator)

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Publication Date: July 1, 2013

JM_Blue_Angel_PlanetFifteen-year-old Millie and her dog Honey are called to the Blue Angel Planet by a dream. Can they help the Blue Angels or will the disturbance be too much for even these seasoned travelers?

Millie and Honey – The Blue Angel Planet is the third novel in the Millie and Honey series.





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Eternal Destiny: Diamond Peak 4 by Tahlia Newland

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Rabid Readers Too is taking part in the Diamond Peak Blog Tour! To check out my review of Lethal Inheritance (Diamond Peak 1) click here


Publication Date: October 2, 2013

TN_Eternal_DestinyAriel Malony and Nick Walker are reaching the end of their journey and an inevitable face off with the Master Demon that will either free or end humanity.






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The Alchemyst: The Secrets of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

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Publication Date: May 22, 2007

This is the first review written solely by Alex; the 11-year-old sometimes contributor to Rabid Readers Too.

MS_Alchemist_Book_01Book: The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

Author: Michael Scott

Book 1 in the 6 part series

Release Date: 22 May, 2007

Pages: 375

Cover Artist: Michael Wagner

Nicholas Flamel was born on September 28,1317, people say he died in 1418 but his tomb is empty! He has been alive for 700 years, now known at the greatest alchemist of his day!

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Legends of Amun Ra 2: The Soul of the World by Joshua Silverman

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Publication Date: November 1, 2013

JS_Legend_Soul_World“The Soul of the World” picks up two years after Legends of Amun Ra The Emerald Tablet. The fight between good and evil in Potera rages on. An ancient power returns and a power struggle ensues. Who will win?





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