‘The Golden Acorn’ by Catherine Cooper

This week I might be going a tiny bit out of my comfort zone. Meaning, I’m going to tell you about a book that didn’t really get me that much.

It’s probably because someone introduced to me Catherine Cooper as “the new J. K. Rowling”, which obviously was a bit of an exaggeration.

Her narrative is quite nice, don’t get me wrong. The story is entertaining and I really enjoyed the shape-shifted raven Camelin. I even got disappointed when at the end he didn’t get a wand for himself (spoiler alert or… is it?).

The story, however, is of Jack Brenin, a little boy who just moved to live with his grandpa and who doesn’t really fit in the local community, because he can’t play football – at least that’s what you get from the first pages.

After kicking the football straight to the face of another kid, Jack runs away from a merciless revenge and accidentally happens in Nora’s garden, a strange old lady, whom everybody is scared of – but who of course will become Jack’s best friend. She heals his wounds and invites him back for tea the next day.

And it’s right then that the someone throws a Golden Acorn at him, turning him into the “Chosen One” to save Glasruhen forest.

What comes next can easily be described as ‘all sorts of things’: Druidic magic, time travel, rituals, reading lessons, flying lessons, cake eating, tunnel digging, fire dragons, talking rats and fantastic creatures.

A mixture of everything that works surprisingly well.

Maybe it won’t ever be a classic, but it makes quite a good reading afternoon!

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If you want to know more about this book: Goodreads

If you want to buy this book: Amazon

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Author: Lena's InkCage

I lived for 23 years in Italy, before giving my life a long-desired twist and leave University to fly to the UK, were I've been living ever since. I attended Creative Writing Courses, but I have also learned how to write poetry as well as screenwriting. At the moment, I am working as professional translator, English Teacher and Italian Tutor.

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