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Matt's adventures begin one afternoon while browsing through some musty books in an obscure, neglected corner of his middle school library. One book titled Ian's Flute literally demands his attention. Surprisingly, the book contains a nondescript title page followed by one blank page after another. While quizzically leafing through the blank pages, Matt unearths a portal into time travel and is suddenly introduced to a series of wild adventures filled with danger, mystery, and intrigue. As a result, Matterhorn and his friends travel around the globe and off it. Their adventures take them under the Earth and over the moon. Not bad for kids who don't even have driver's licenses! Read The Sword and the Flute and join Matterhorn the Brave in his early voyages that transcend space and time. Recommended for ages 9 to 12.
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: AMG Publishers
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Matterhorn the Brave
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Mike Hamel's Matterhorn, the Brave
Adventure, Danger, and Inspiration
Matthew Horn (a.k.a. Matterhorn) is a brave knight-when he isn't busy being a typical twelve-year-old boy. Few people have heard of him, which isn't surprising, for most of his adventures happen in other times and places. And like all who know how to travel, he can do so without drawing attention to himself.
Matt's adventures begin one afternoon while browsing through some musty books in an obscure, neglected corner of his middle school library. One book literally demands his attention. Surprisingly, the book contains a nondescript title page followed by one blank page after another. While quizzically leafing through the blank pages, Matt discovers a portal into time travel and is suddenly introduced to a series of wild adventures filled with danger, mystery, and intrigue. As a result, Matterhorn and his friends (Aaron the Baron and others) travel around the globe and off it. Their adventures take them under the Earth and over the moon. Not bad for kids who don't even have driver's licenses.
The Sword and the Flute is volume 1 in the new Matterhorn the Brave series.
MIKE HAMEL has authored several books, and his articles appear in national magazines, including Focus on the Family. The saga of Mattherhorn the Brave" and his friends originated as bedtime stories Mike shared with his four children, who are now grown. He lives with his wife Susan in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The first book in the Matterhorn the Brave series, The Sword and the Flute features a middle school kid who likes to read history. One day while searching the library shelves, Matt finds a book titled The Sword and the Flute. Daunted by the number of pages, he decides not to read it. But when he tries to put it back in its slot on the shelf, it wont go in. Intrigued, he opens the book. Inside are only blank pages except for a curious black dot found on a middle page. Staring at the black dot, Matterhorn is sucked into another world.
Matterhorns quest includes a jeweled queen, a fun sidekick, a mysterious stranger, and a deceiving enemy. Is Matterhorn the promised chosen one who can save the forest and this strange world?
Author Mike Hamel wrote this fantasy for youth. Tales of Matterhorn the Brave were originally bedtime stories Hamel told to his four children. Edited by innovative editors Dan Penwell and Rick Steele, The Sword and the Flute is a good choice for boys and reluctant readers like myself who prefer stories with lots of action. Hannah Wells, Christian Book Previews.com
Janna RyanNorth Platte, NEAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5July 22, 2009Janna RyanNorth Platte, NEAge: 35-44Gender: femaleYes! Here we have a series of books designed for young readers (and old too!) that will keep them on the edge of their seats without scaring their pants off! The Matterhorn the Brave Series is full of mystery and danger but is family friendly and great for reading aloud like I did for my kids. We loved the characters - Matthew Horn (aka Matterhorn), Aaron the Baron, Queen Bea... come on, isn't that too cool :-) And in addition to being totally unique and inspired (Four young people are recruited to keep an eye on the portals of earth that connect all space and time), Mike Hamel is gifted in the art form of leaving the reader gasping for more! The chapters are just the right length to give lots of info and adventure, but not too long that my kids would start losing their focus and then all of a sudden - BAM! He drops the perfect cliffhanger to the chapter and you just have to read on to the next chapter - sheer genius! My kids were always saying... "Just one more chapter!?!"We still have to get the rest of the series, but with such a great start, my kids are begging for more Matterhorn adventures!
C. J. Edgar5 Stars Out Of 5March 1, 2007C. J. EdgarHave you ever wondered what time travel might be like? How would you get there? What adventures would you have? Mike Hamel takes you on a time travel adventure that will keep you turning pages. Go with 12 year old Matthew Horn as he lands in Ireland of long ago and helps a leprechaun find his special flute. Matthew is given a special sword and makes new friends in unexpected places. Now that I have read book 1 of this series...I'd like to read about Matthew's other adventures and you will too.
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