Halfling (2016) by debut author, Donna Marie Robb
Donna Marie Robb is a writer who has a dream … actually, a whole lot of dreams! Her debut young adult fantasy novel, Halfling, chronicles the story of Remmi, a young girl who is vacillates between Dreamearth and Realearth. As her story unfolds you realize that Robb wrote Remmi to be a strong protagonist who has experienced more in her few short years than most do in a lifetime.
As the story commences you learn that Remmi was orphaned as a child, so she thought. Due to circumstances beyond her control, she ends up in an unusual living situation where she is among “drones” who have been voided of thoughts. Her life in slavery ends when she realizes that her skill-set includes a touch of magic. As a clever and precocious teen, Remmi uses her new found abilities to escape and go forth to help others. Her story of survivorship grabbed me within the first two chapters. (And, robbed me of precious hours of sleep as I couldn’t put the book down!)
The story ebbs and flows between one “earth” to another – similar to other YA books such as The Giver or Harry Potter, where alternate realms help enhance the intrigue. While Halfling was written for the tween and teen audience, my husband and friends also became fast fans and thoroughly enjoyed this page-turner!
Plus, the animated video, created by the very talented Dara Blaker, gives Remmi a voice and makes reading Halfling even more enticing!
Meet the author, Donna Marie Robb
I have had the pleasure of knowing the author for many years. Her ability to have insight in to the psyche of young adults’ is clearly evidenced by her writing of Halfling. She also is a librarian who cares about the youth of our country and their education and attainment of literacy skills. That is why she decided to introduce a book club and a homeschool / virtual school curriculum as adjunct features to Halfling.
View the Halfling Book Club page!
The book club allows students to expand the discussion regarding Halfling with fun and thought-provoking questions. Also, they can engage with the author by using the contact form or comment section on the Book Club page. Check out the book club feature here.
About the Homeschool / Virtual School Curriculum
Coming soon will be a curriculum for home educated / virtual schooled students. This will be a four to six -week literacy based guide to instruction with Halfling as the featured text. Students will be able to delve in to the book, explore their own “dreams”, keep a journal and compare and contrast the themes of the book with current events.
Let the author know you are interested in the Homeschool Curriculum by filling out this contact form. (And, ask in the comment section how you can get the book and curriculum for FREE – an offer that is time limited.)
Why Halfling is needed in OUR world
On a closing note, as a School Psychologist I believe we need books like Halfling. The character, Remmi, is likable but also a role model for tweens and teens. She exemplifies what it is like to be a resilient child with a will to overcome all obstacles in her way – including evil and persecution. I won’t give away the ending – but know that it is not predictable.
Halfling and the adventures of Remmi are easy on the budget. Kindle version is free for unlimited prime members, $2.99 for basic Kindle and $11.99 for paperback. All can be found here: AMAZON.
And, my hashtags for this book would be … #MustRead #FreshOriginalPremise
I am part of the social media team helping to promote this amazing author and Halfling. Trust me when I say it is my pleasure to represent such an amazing talent!