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Meet eleven year old Oliver Stoop. His family has just moved to an isolated region of Indiana where Mr. Stoop hopes to build his dream castle. But the Stoop’s aren’t alone! There are already people living there: knights, Indians, Vikings, monks. In fact, there is an entire Kingdom in Oliver’s backyard! Or does the backyard belong to these Patrians who founded their kingdom over 3,000 years ago as refugees of the Trojan War? And can Oliver and his new friends discover the truth before the honorable Knights of the Blue Sock wage an all out war against the Stoop’s?
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This book is over the top in silliness. Perfect for any young reader, but a little bit much for this adult. Nonetheless, the younger set in the household enjoyed it immensely. The book is full of historical allusions – from various time periods – that Mr. McInerny manages to weave seamlessly throughout. As well, it is refreshing to read a book where virtues are extolled – and practiced – without being preachy or formulaic. Strongly recommended.
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- Author: Daniel McInerny
- Publisher: Trojan Tub Entertainment (October 27, 2011)
- Reading Age: Age 9+
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What You Need to Know
- Role Models/Authority Figures – Oliver Stoop’s father and King Evander (father figures of story) are bumbling idiots. Still, Mr. Stoop expects obedience and respect from his son. Oliver doesn’t lie and accepts his punishments, even when they are undeserved.
- Violence – Oliver Stoop is hit in the head with a whizzing biscuit. There is a near war between the lands – a gun is shot – near the end of the story. Farnsworth and his sister, Princess Rose are a caricature of sibling rivalry.
- Sexual Content – Two characters have a crush on each other.
- Language – None.
- Consumerism – None.
- Drinking/Smoking/Drugs – Mr. Stoop and Oliver head into a pub on their first trip into Patria. Oliver is given age appropriate choices to drink.
- Religion – Not a religious book. But monks make an appearance.
- Other – The first in a series. The second book is due to be published December 1, 2011. These books are self published and available only in e-book or audio format. The story is rich in historical references. www.kingdomofpatria.com
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