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Dennis Foon. The Dirt Eaters and Freewalker (The Longlight Legacy, Books 1 and 2)
Annick  $12.95  ISBN 1-55037-806-6; 1-55037-884-8 
Reviewed by Emma, Age 12

That the love you bestowed might bear fruit
I stay behind.
That the spirit you shared be borne witness
I stay behind.
That your light burn bright in my heart
I stay behind.
I stay behind and imagine your flight.

The Longlight prayer of passing is one of few lasting threads linking Roan to his parents after his entire village is massacred by skull-masked terrors that haunt Roan's dreams ever after. As the saga continues, Roan discovers power, strength, discipline, and a future that he both dreads and hungers for. Can he find his sister, save his friends, and fulfill his final destiny? We will have to wait and see.

Dennis Foon is the author behind the Longlight Legacy, but has written two other young adult novels, including Skud. He has also written many stories for stage, television, and film. His work is known internationally and in several languages, though he lives right here in glorious British Columbia, Canada. Dennis Foon has won a wide variety of awards in all areas of his writing and it is clear why. The Longlight Legacy paperbacks are SF/fantasy adventure novels. They are fairly advanced reading for an elementary school student, so I would recommend these novels to readers ages 13 and up.

Dennis Foon creates an enticing, gripping, thrilling, and frankly haunting new world of magic and mystery in the Longlight Legacy. I thought this was an excellent series and I eagerly await the next book in this trilogy. I found myself at a loss when I finished the second book ... what could I possibly read to fill the gap until the next book comes out?

These books addict you, so, like Jumanji, don't start unless you intend to finish! Prepare to be drawn in to the world of Longlight, Fairview, the City, the Devastation, and the ever-elusive Dreamfield! I give this series, and its author, five stars for an enthralling read that will take a lifetime to forget!

We stay behind and imagine your flight.


See also Hayley's review of The Dirt Eaters in KIdsWWwrite #31 (May 2004).

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