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Mary Cunningham’s is the author of the award-winning 'tween fantasy/mystery series, Cynthia’s Attic. She is proud to announce book four, Cynthia’s Attic: The Magician’s Castle, is due for release in December of 2009. Her children’s mystery series was inspired by a recurring dream about a mysterious attic. After realizing that the dream took place in the attic of her childhood friend, Cynthia, the dreams stopped and the writing began. She is also co-writer of the humor-filled lifestyle book titled, "Women Only Over Fifty (WOOF)."
Cunningham is a member of SCBWI (Southern Breeze Chapter), The Georgia Reading Association, and the Carrollton Creative Writers Club. When she gives her fingers a day away from the keyboard, she enjoys golf, swimming and exploring the mountains of West Georgia where she makes her home with her husband. Together they've raised three creative children and enjoy spending time with their sixteen-year-old granddaughter.
on Dec. 21, 2011 :
I received a free download of The Missing Locket off Smashwords from the publisher. This was a nice, quick read good for anyone looking for a light story to enjoy. Written for tweens, the story follows Agusta Lee "Gus" and Cynthia as they explore Cynthia's amazing attic. In the attic they discover an old, dusty steamer trunk. When they open it, a whole world of adventure sucks them in to set right events from the past. They must find a missing locket and reunite a family torn apart decades before.
I liked that the story developed each of the girls well. The scene where Gus watches Cynthia perform her morning routine resonated in this former tom boy's head. I remember watching my sister spend two hours getting ready for school in the morning. It drove me nuts that she spent so much time primping! I also liked that the story contained several quests. Just like in real life, it generally takes more than one step to set a problem right.
I didn't like that the Smashwords version of The Missing Locket changes fonts several times in the pdf download. I found it distracting as I read. I also would have liked to see a little more dimension to supporting characters in the story. I got to know the girls well but the rest of the actors felt more like props than people.
For my cautious readers: No swearing, very mild violence (which the guy had coming and he got off better than he deserved) and no sex makes this a full steam ahead read in my opinion. When my daughter gets older, I think she will enjoy the story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)