Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Lost Child’s Quest by James Haddell

The Lost Child’s Quest is the first book in a brand new fantasy adventure series, Tales of Truth and Treasure.

Full to the brim with legends, nature and magic, this story holds a powerful message of hope and trust. Ten-year-old Tia is an orphan. Left in a children’s home at a young age, she has never known her family. All she has is a pendant and small bag of unusual coins. When she is adopted by the Trevelyan family, it seems like her life will never be the same again. For the first time in her young life, she has hope – hope of a home, hope of a family and hope of answers to the many, many questions she has about her past.

Tia finds herself in her new home by the sea – Stormhaven Castle. Her new school, Stormhaven Castle School of Exploration and Discovery, is exactly the kind of school every children would love to attend with creativity and the natural world at its centre.  Tia is surrounded by scholars and archaeologists who are passionate about unlocking the secrets of history. With their help, Tia embarks on a quest to discover who she is and the significance of her treasures.

The Lost Child’s Quest is a fresh approach to the Arthurian legends. With a Susan Cooper, Over Sea, Under Stone feel, there is intrigue and suspense at every turn.   As soon as one question is answered, another appears, taking the reader on a heart-stopping journey with Tia and her friends. Themes of strength, bravery and being true to yourself spill off the pages and into readers’ hearts inspiring them to go on their own journey of self-discovery.  I can’t wait to share it with children who I know will love it as much as I do.

This story sets the scene perfectly for many more adventures. I finished reading and immediately wanted more. I’ll be ready and waiting for the story to continue when book two arrives!

Take this exciting adventure into the classroom with the brilliant activities that accompany each chapter. Teachers and their students will be able to dive deeper into the story and its many fascinating elements.

Thank you to James Haddell and Emira Press for this inspiring book!

Visit James Haddell’s website Tales of Truth and Treasure to preorder a signed copy!

Be sure to follow the rest of the blog tour up to publication day on Friday 4th December 2020!

About the Author:

James has always loved stories and adventure. He spent most of his childhood in Kent reading and daydreaming then went to university in Durham. Four months volunteering for a Thai charity for children with disabilities in Bangkok after university changed everything.

He trained as a Primary school teacher, working in schools in London, before getting married and moving back to Thailand for seven years. After adopting two children and beginning writing The Tales of Truth Treasure, he returned to the UK and worked in Primary school and nursery setting as a teacher and Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-Ordinator.

James now lives in Somerset with his wife and three children, where he spends his time writing, teaching and being a dad and husband… though he still finds time to do a little reading and daydreaming now and then.

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