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Independent Literary Reviews
In Colless’ middle-
Peter Blue celebrates his 11th birthday at the Gum Tree Rest Home in Australia, where he’s spent the last five years. His parents, Byron and Thelma Blue, died in a bush fire, which he mysteriously survived. At the home, the boy finds his dad’s old Global Advanced Intelligence Agency jacket—a wearable, wi-
Unfortunately, Peter must cope with bullies trying to steal his dad’s jacket, and Gorrman doesn’t want his nephew to attend Spiral Hall at all. Some there think that Peter may be the Sleeping King—the destined light during dark days to come. Meanwhile, frightening beings known as Anthrogs are actively searching for Peter, and they want to prevent him from foiling their upcoming “siege on the human race.” Colless’ tale is populated by richly colorful characters, such as former millionaire Devlin Dean, who’s staying at the rest home because the bank took his mansion and other belongings.
The book is clearly a series launch, as the Anthrog Overlord and his Drones make only a couple of appearances, and there’s merely a hint of the Sleeping King’s potential power. However, readers will surely look forward to seeing more of these characters, including the other motley but endearing residents of the rest home or Pickles, a baby wallaby that Peter helps to rescue. The author expertly assembles scores of dialogue scenes involving multiple characters. The environmentalist message is also cleverly integrated: Peter’s rather unlikable aunt and uncle, for example, use plastic utensils and containers almost exclusively—and don’t recycle.
A fantasy tale featuring delightful characters that primes readers for an ongoing series.
“The Sleeping King is a remarkable book about climate change, written by Laurel Colless. Hidden away in Gum Tree Rest Home in Australia since his parents’ murders years earlier, eleven-
Laurel Colless has presented one of the most well-
With our planet being abused and climate change being held as fake by some of the biggest players in the crime scene, I feel it is absolutely imperative that The Sleeping King be read by all people, young and old, as the harsh facts are being swept under the carpet far too often. I enjoyed The Sleeping King immensely and feel it should be stocked in libraries at home, school, hospital, social offices and more. This is a message which is too important to ignore. I applaud Laurel Colless for her brilliant tale and look forward to reading further titles by this talented author in the future.”
“The Sleeping King by Laurel Colless is a good fantasy read for children, warm and delightful, a story that is sprinkled with elements of mythology and magic. Eleven-
Having lived in the Gum Tree Rest Home in the Australia bush all his life after his parents’ demise in a bush fire accident, can anything be strong enough to rouse Peter from his sleeping state? In the pocket of Dad’s jacket from the Global Advanced Intelligence Agency (GAIA), he will find a clue that gets him interested in the adventure of a lifetime, a card for Spiral Hall-
A great story with exciting themes and characters. The themes in this fantasy tale include issues related to climate change. I enjoyed the characters, including Rani the frog, Peter the protagonist, and others. The dialogues are lively, indicating the author’s gift for humor and allowing character development to evolve. The Sleeping King is utterly entertaining and the writing is confident, balanced, and focused. The symbolism in this story is striking and the Anthrog represent the indifference and the human greed that is killing the earth. This is the kind of book that can used to raise awareness in children on global warming and other social issues threatening humankind.”
Review by Christian Sia
Reviewed By: Christian Sia for Readers’ Favorite
Review Rating: 5 Stars -
Review by Rosie Malezer
Reviewed By: Rosie Malezer for Readers’ Favorite
Review Rating: 5 Stars -