Matt Becker, 12 "The book is one of the best I’ve ever read. I definitely recommend this book to any type of person who liked Harry Potter -The lion, the witch, and the wardrobe –and Lord of the Rings." Johnathan Hendricks, 13 "I really liked the book! The best part was when Quiggles and Caleng came to earth on accident. Also how they traveled back home with Nicole. If you like to read, read this book!" Rhiannan Ickenroth, college student "My favorite part was when Caleng and Quiggles were thrown to earth and tried to understand how it worked. Usually I don’t read these types of books, but I really liked this one. I will be waiting for it to be released so I can read it again!" Joyce Whitfield, 39 – nurse assistant "I enjoyed the book tremendously. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to escape reality and dive into the world of daydreams and imagination." Linda Herald, Postal Worker "I loved the book so much that I finished it in 2 days! I’m not usually a book reader, but this one kept my attention. There was always something adventurous going on. The character descriptions were excellent. I could see them in my mind, while I read. This book would be great for anybody, any age after 8 years old. I’ll be waiting for other Caleng adventures to be written! Jennie S. Bev, BookReviewClub.com "This is Maria Romero’s first children’s novel yet she has shown her genuine qualities as a master writer. The details of Caleng’s adventurous journey to the Moonstone Pearl are breathtaking. The dialogues are so real. I’d love to see this work adapted into a movie. It would probably become a blockbuster. Until then, perhaps Ms. Romero can continue the story and satisfies the readers’ curiosity about how the stone got into the hands of grandpa Ermine." Shirley Roe, AllbooksReview.com "Author, Maria Romero brings the complex yet endearing characters to life with vivid descriptions and strategically placed humor. The picturesque descriptions of the landscape help the reader to imagine the whimsical and magical locations that Caleng visits. Children ages 12 and up will enjoy this book, which takes place in a world of faeries, elves, witches and wizards. The book has a simplistic charm, is well written and will captivate young readers. The author has a fascinating character in Caleng who I am sure we will see in many future sequels." Susan Johnson, MyShelf.com "In this wonderful tale Caleng, is approaching an age when he feels he must prove his mettle. The opportunity to do so is presented in a most sinister way when an evil wizard Dn’Brht seeks to destroy all that Caleng holds dear. And so his journey begins. This is a wonderful book to give a young person who has discovered the Harry Potter books and is in search of more fantasy-type reading." Harriet Klausner, Amazon.com’s #1 reviewer “On the surface this youthful epic fantasy is clearly aimed at a young audience but adults will also appreciate the powerful tale that contains several moral points imbedded brilliantly into Caleng's adventure.” Tyrone Vincent Banks, author “I read this book in 3 evenings and I was amazed by the craftsmanship and ingenuity displayed by the author Maria Romero. She has the ability to take a story – or fairy tale in this instance – and add a sense of realism that creates an image in your “mind’s eye”. This image will continue to entertain and amuse you long after you have closed the book. As I read and visualized the story, the entire plot played out like a fantasy epic with a very high budget. This book enters the fantasy genre and competes against authors like Rowling and Tolkien with an amazing tenacity that will earn it a spot on your bookshelf.” Juanita Reynolds, nurse and grandmother “Caleng and the Moonstone Pearl is a magnificent read, well written from beginning to end. It also has a flavor of “The Never Ending Story, The Wizard of Oz, and Harry Potter” as well as many other favorites. If this book were a movie, it would definitely be a part of my video library for my personal enjoyment, as well as to entertain my grandchildren repeatedly.” Detra Fitch, Huntress Reviews “This is an astounding story full of magical duels, witches, wizards, faeries, dragons, minotaurs, and more! It reminded me much of the book/movie "The Never Ending Story". If Harry Potter had been a faerie, instead of a wizard, I believe this is what his tale would have been like. Fast paced, exciting, and just plain fun! P.S. - I would like to own a "never, ever empty cup".”
LETTERS FROM MOMOctober 02, 2003 "Caleng and the Moonstone Pearl was a real treat for my 12 year old daughter. She enjoyed Caleng's adventures and related with all the characters he had encountered. As her mother, it delighted me to see the excited twinkle in her eyes after reading a chapter. Maria Romero captured the heart of my daughter through her child-like creative imagination." -Sojourner Manns, Indiana October 09, 2003 Dear Ms. Romero, Let me compliment you on your children's novel "Caleng and the Moonstone Pearl." My 8 year-old, Mikayla enjoyed your book so much, it kept her attention and she completed reading half of the book on her own with minimal assistance. She is very enthusiastic about the sequel and waiting patiently for its release. Good Luck on book II, but I know already it's a winner. Thank You, Demetria Harris -Missouri "very satisfied mother"
"Caleng and the Moonstone Pearl" -Mentioned in American Markets Newsletter, a San Fransisco magazine
Imagine if somewhere, in your backyard, in your own secluded hide-a-way, was a secret gateway to an enchanted world? What would you do? In this book series you'll get to read about all these exciting places, up-close, and personal. Within the pages you'll learn of different cultures, meet mysterious beings, and hear of myths untold. See strange beasts, as well as familiar ones. So come with me, and travel through the exotic realm of fey, and join in the adventures of Caleng.
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