"A Rare Gift" Crystal Journals Book1

Genre: Children

Book Summary

G.Rosemary has been shortlisted for the Chocolate Lily Awards for Bk1 "A Rare Gift"

Ten-year-old Susan Sinclair is a typical girl whose most exotic pastime, in the normal course of things, is her weekly martial arts class. But when a complete stranger gives her a rare crystal while she’s at a flea market with her parents, everything changes.

Every time Susan sleeps, she wakes up on a nineteenth-century migrant ship headed for New York City. There, she meets a young boy named Jeremy who was orphaned at the beginning of the vessel’s journey.

When Susan attempts to return the crystal, she learns it has chosen her to go to places in the past where something is wrong and must be set right, and she can’t give the stone away until it determines the time is right. Susan, who does not even like Jeremy, is outraged.

However, as her travels through time continue, she softens toward the unfortunate boy and decides to give this new adventure a chance. But on one return visit to the ship, a bully steals the crystal—and Susan finds herself stuck in the past. She will have to summon all the bravery and resourcefulness she can to escape from a danger beyond her wildest dreams.


Leanne Kelly
Jul 20, 2016
Leanne Kelly rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I thought it might be strange to read a young adult book but it was absolutely fantastic. It's very captivating and fun to read, the story line flows very well. At first I was a bit hesitant since I'm not into stuff with crystals but the story doesn't focus on the crystal that way. The way it unfolds with the crystal is actually super interesting. You get attached to different characters even when you don't really like them at first. There's so much that happens in the short 150 pages but it's so good. I couldn't put it down. It's a great read and I would definitely recommend it to kids as well as some older adults. Sometimes it's nice to take a break from reading heavier adult books, I read A Dance With Dragons before this so this was very refreshing.

About the Author

G. Rosemary Ludlow grew up in Adelaide, Australia, where
she taught school for many years. She loved teaching
children to read and her favorite thing to do was to
tell them stories. History stories, geography stories,
stories about spelling, or arithmetic–it is all stories.

When she arrived in Canada she worked in a truck
factory and then a lumber company. Later she worked
in video production which led her into the airline
industry,paper mills, and even an aluminum smelter.

The first book she has published is called
"A Rare Gift" and is the beginning of the
Crystal Journals series.

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