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Mankind has survived the near-collapse of life as they knew it, now living in harmony with the world around them. Adain, a young Tenderfoot of this Future Earth, is about to take part in his Heart Chase – the search for a companion animal spirit that will act as his companion and conscience for the rest of his life. More
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Published by Clean Teen Publishing
Published: June 27, 2013
Words: 46,730
Language: English
ISBN: 9780989470155
About B.T. Lyons

B.T. Lyons was born in 1973, growing up in Boylston, Massachusetts,
and lived her early life working on the family goat farm and learning wilderness survival skills in the surrounding woodlands. She is a jack-of-all-trades, having worked as everything from a zookeeper to bookstore manager, to a horror theme park actress, to a radio personality, to a builder of utility trucks. In a current fit of happy mid-life crisis, she is a history major at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD.

She shares her home with her husband and her thirteen year old daughter, as well as a rat terrier, a Pomeranian, a ball python, and a rotating guest list of foster animals from the local humane society. B.T. is a rabid video game addict, and also enjoys drawing and creating various Neolithic-style handcrafts as her other hobbies. Her role models include Jim Henson, Jackie Chan, Hiyao Miyazaki, and Bill Cosby, and she is inspired by authors such as Richard Adams, Tad Williams, and Ray Bradbury.

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Review by: maryalice tillman on Sep. 28, 2013 : star star star star star
I started this book one morning and since I didn't go to work till late read all day and finished just before I had to get ready for work. Others have told you the story. I'll just say that this book kept my interest to the end. There where a lot of great lessons. A heart that sits on your shoulder and to help you find your way. Love it.
(review of free book)

Review by: Gin's Book Notes on July 12, 2013 : star star star star
**Original review posted on GinsBookNotes .com **

Heartkeeper is a coming of age story set in a future time where humans once again live in harmony and peace with the earth and its guardians. The story begins at the Heart Festival. The Heart Festival is held each year to celebrate those who have passed their year long journey into adulthood and to initiate another group of thirteen year olds into their journey.

We experience this story through the eyes of Aiden. Aiden is thirteen years old and beginning his passage into adulthood. He is what I would consider a good kid. He is conscientious and eager to learn the ways of his people. I enjoyed getting to see him grow and process the changes happening around him. He learns some hard lessons during his yearlong trial but he also makes some wonderful friends and discovers that sometimes the smallest of creatures can have the strongest hearts.

I really enjoyed the allegorical nature of this book. I can’t really get into specific examples without giving some of the story away but I will say that there are a lot of life lessons in this book that middle grade children should learn and that many adults need to remember. Social awareness, environmental responsibility, working hard, accepting responsibility, I could go on and on but I’m sure you get the point. This book is full of wisdom hidden within the adventures of one young boy journeying to become a man.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a book that builds character while at the same time teaching social / community awareness and environmental responsibility. I believe it is a must have for any middle school classroom and school library
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Casie L on July 06, 2013 : star star star star star
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 unicorns - I loved it!!

I highly recommend everyone download it and read this inspirational story.

First, the cover is stunning and was designed by the author herself. Everything, I have seen her do is very creative, and she is an awesome person. I love authors who like to interact with their readers.

Did you know this story originally was born from a picture? The story it inspired was part of Wonderstruck, and then it was expanded to become book 1 in the Heartkeeper series.

I love this story because it is inspiring and has many important lessons built into the story. I’d love to be able to get enough copies for the bookclub my high school has, but I’ll wish on that later. This magically world she creates is wonderful, and I was sucked right into the story. I love Adain & Fenjine and their friends. This story is about surviving the Trials to adulthood. There is mystery, treachery, budding friendships being forged, talents being discovered, and so much more built into this story.

I highly recommend this book to anyone from middle school on up, and even though this is my 2nd time reading it, I will read it again a 3rd time with my son because I believe it has value to reinforce things I’m always trying to stress to him about honesty and integrity. Get the book, and read it with middle school students you love or go borrow someone’s who could use some positive influences and attention!!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Claire Taylor on July 06, 2013 : star star star star star
B.T. Lyons
Heartkeeper Saga #1

To say this book is different would be an understatement. It has an innocent feel about it and could be enjoyed by any age. I loved the concept of the book, and happily read it in one sitting, but was then left wanting more. The author managed to create a future world so vividly, I was easily able to imagine the whole story with the descriptive nature used. Definitely a story that won’t be forgotten.
(review of free book)

Review by: Kate Whitaker on July 05, 2013 : star star star star star
The best books from my childhood were the ones that didn’t treat their audience as dumb children. They dealt with real problems and offered real solutions. Some solutions were harder than others, and sometimes, bad things happened no matter how hard anyone tried to do the right thing.
Heartkeeper is one of those books. Adain, Fenjine, and their friends face real challenges and real dangers. Unusually for a children’s book, the adults are not only present but aware of the problems the children face. The children also aren’t apprehensive about involving their elders when the situation turns serious.
The adults themselves like to let the Tenders learn and grow, so offer advice rather than instruction. Neither are they slow to get involved, trusting that these children would only bring something to their attention if it was truly important. It makes for a nice change from the usual hyper-involved or totally absent adults of most children’s books.
I enjoyed this book as an adult and am eagerly looking forward to the next two volumes.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Dominique Goodall on July 05, 2013 : star star star star star
Well, for a book meant for middle-grade children...this book captured me entirely! It reminded me a little of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness books, but definitely a unique tale about an almost dystopian future. It made me look at the way life is for us now, and what it could be like. Eagerly awaiting the next one!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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