Sara and the Pooka, by Russ Fugal | Dedicated Review
Review sponsored by Russ Fugal
The Children’s Book Review | April 4, 2018
Written by Russ Fugal
Paperback: 66 pages
Age Range: 5-8 years
Publisher: Sara.ai, Inc. (2018)
What to expect: Fairies, goblins, learning to read
In Sara and the Pooka, author Russ Fugal introduces readers to young Sara, an intrepid adventurer on a mission. This first installment will leave young readers wanting to learn more of Sara and how she eventually finds her way home.
Sara loves listening to her mom read her stories. She likes to lie on the grass, look up at the sky and hear her mother’s lovely voice. Her favorite stories are the ones about fairies but Sara doesn’t know how to read yet. One fateful day, young Sara falls asleep while her mother is reading to her. When she wakes up, she realizes she isn’t home anymore. It would appear that she is dreaming but as she becomes more and more convinced that she has been transported somewhere strange, she decides that she must find her way home.
Sara encounters a Pooka, a strange little creature quite like a fairy, and she asks him for help. He agrees and he tells Sara that she will find the information she needs to get home in the library. But first, Sara will have to learn to read. The Pooka becomes her steadfast helper as she embarks on the first part of her mission—learning to read.
This well-paced story will keep readers in suspense as Sara tries to uncover where she is and how she can get out of there. Sara will be sure to delight young readers that may have trouble reading or are reluctant to try. Her tenacity begins to pay off in this first installment and the cliff-hanger ending will be sure to entice readers to pick up the next book in the series.
About the Author
Russ Fugal began writing in 2016 to create stories that help children face the struggles of learning to read. In 2015 his six-year-old daughter was already a voracious reader of entire middle-grade series — including “Harry Potter” and “A Series of Unfortunate Events” — so he began researching the neuroscience of how she learned to read so quickly despite her initial struggles. He founded Sara.ai to bring his research into homes and classrooms around the world. Russ is a father of three children under 10 years old who love to read.
For more information, visit: www.sara.ai
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