on Oct. 25, 2014 :
Gerald and his friend Vernon find themselves facing adventures in the world of the wee people that test their views of what the real world is. In it they encounter magic and strange creatures they must help the wee people defeat. How that ends will surprise readers - in a good way.
This is a book that will appeal to young teens and adolescents. It has lots of adventure, imagination, and characters they will relate to and love. It grabbed me from the first page and never let go. While there was plenty of tension, danger and emotion this was accomplished without gratuitous violence, gore or trauma. The writing style is engaging with great dialogue.
For the most part it is well edited with one caveat. There were some grammar issues regarding tense but perhaps these bothered me only because I also am a writer. They did not detract from my enjoyment of the story.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
on Nov. 14, 2013 :
Readers of all ages will recognize this wonderful notion. That there is a world unseen to others which contains mysteries, challenges, and heroic deeds waiting just for us to enter and claim them. Gerald and the Wee People is a beautiful story, filled with danger and thoughtful reflections on the nature of life which appeals to both young and older readers alike.
Gerald is a good kid with one good friend in Vernon. Their story reminds us of how much we can accomplish with just a little help from a good friend and contact with our better nature. I enjoyed all the characters in this book and found the final two chapters riveting as everyone is placed in danger and chaos seemed to be winning out. I think the target ages of 10 and up is accurate. This is a kid's safe book which is well written and engaging for adults of all ages. Especially those who may fondly remember a world of their own which always seemed so real and so near that we dreamed ourselves into it time and time again.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Parents' Little Black Book Reviews
on May 17, 2012 :
Gerald has been dreaming of the Wee People for most of his life. Living near a forest he has been drawn to a most particular clearing for years. He has even left scrap metal in the clearing because Gerald fully believes the people exist and need his help.
Vernon, Geralds best friend for as long as he can remember, doesn't really believe Geralds stories. But friendship sometimes requires a leap of faith and Vernon agrees to go into the forest he dreads, at midnight, to investigate. Vernon, a boy scout goes prepared with rope, flashlights and weapons, hoping he will not need any of them.
To both boys surprise they find an opening in the barrier between worlds and find themselves in a battle to help the Wee People against the misshapen ones.
At first the Wee People don't trust Gerald and Vernon but over time and discussion they come to understand that the boys only want to help. Through creativity and trial and error the boys help the Wee People defeat the enemy. But no battle is won without cost and the boys must learn how to deal with very real life consequences.
This is a well written story that contains all the elements needed for a good adventure. There is a lot of action, the characters are realistic, even the magical ones, and the dialogue flows very well. The good vs evil plot line is well done but the story is not so dark that is would be scary to any but the most sensitive.
The adult characters are shown in a positive light and help the boys make good decisions. The moral of the story is defined gently so the magical quality of the story isn't disturbed but the message is wrapped gently within it.
Although the story is targeted for middle school to adult, younger children with good reading skills would be able to enjoy it as well. This is a good read for parents with their children with many opportunities to discuss both the story and the choices the characters make.
This is a book I intend to put aside to share with my grandsons when they are of an age to enjoy it. I would love to read this one to them and with them.
Karen Bryant Doering,
Parents' Little Black Book
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Jan. 11, 2012 :
I read Gerald and the Wee People in concert with my 10-year son. I had a feeling that he would naturally gravitate to the adventures of Gerald and his best friend Vernon as they tried to help the Wee People defeat the misshapen ones who are attacking the Wee People's village. Gerald is put on a hero's journey after learning of a prophecy that he must fulfill in order to reach his destiny and save the Wee People from the evil forest god, Miach.
My son blew through the book in a matter of days. The part that he enjoyed the most was near the end when Gerald had to confront and defeat Miach. He did comment a few times that the book was long, but I think part of that was his excitement to finish the book.
His favorite character was the far-seer Sheela who had magical skills- he's been a big fan of magic for years. I think the author did a great job of describing the Wee People's village and really giving the reader an immerse experience of what life was like there. My son said that he would like to visit the village to see all of the jobs in action.
As a parent, this is exactly the type of book that I am delighted to see my son read. The fantasy elements are just right and the author brought together the right blend of action and character development to keep a reader of his age entertained.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
on Oct. 20, 2011 :
I really enjoyed reading this book. The author took a few plot twists that I probably wouldn’t have taken and when I read them I wondered how in the world that was ever going to work out but I have to say she surprised me every single time. I fell in love with the wee people and especially the far-seers. As far as I’m concerned they were the heroes here.
The world created by Burroughs was fantastic. I got lost a couple times with where the boundaries were but the story didn’t really need them. As the group traveled the world just seemed to go with them. Still a bit unclear on that but I don’t feel I’ve missed out on anything.
The plot was fun, the story believable, the outcome wonderful and the entire book was entertaining. I wouldn’t mind coming back to visit the wee people once in a while and probably will!
(reviewed 53 days after purchase)
on Oct. 12, 2011 :
This book opens with Gerald trying to persuade his sceptical best buddy, Vernon, to go down to the woods to help the Wee People who he has been seeing in visions since they were at school. Like all good adventures, we have a character who believes & a character who disbelieves... even what he's seeing. This is a book that teens & adults will enjoy, I think. It's good for young readers and there is enough going on to keep adults interested. I like fantasy books where the author builds a new world for you to exist in for a while. This is an enjoyable read and there are a variety of characters here. There's also some morals and lessons to be learnt. Some characters grow, others... The interaction is good and the conversations natural. One of my favourites is the girl who is quite hot stuff - you'll have to read to find out who I mean. I like the ending - everything is tied up at the end, but there is a strand or two that can be picked up in book two, and I look forward to reading it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Aug. 8, 2011 :
This review was done by my 9 year-old daughter. Here is what she had to say: "I loved the story! It was very adventurous. I couldn't stop reading it the moment I started."
(reviewed 74 days after purchase)
on July 21, 2011 :
Gerald and the Wee people is a wonderful fantasy novel originally meant for young adults but equally enjoyable by older readers. The plot is well developed,the characters are believeable and the dialog well written.
While walking in the woods Gerald and his friend Vernon accidently fall (literally) into the world of the Wee People who are engaged in a war with monstrous beings from the deep forest. Using modern thinking and making unique weapons the boys help the Wee People conquer the monsters and the evil forest god that controls them. A classic triumph of good over evil.
The book is not overlong and this is a good thing since once the reader begins it is difficult to put down. Two things that impressed me about "Gerald and the Wee People" are the total lack of scatalogical language and that it does not have a dark theme as in much of the current young adult fiction.
Robert F. DeBurgh.
(reviewed 48 days after purchase)
on June 6, 2011 :
In a clearing, in the dark woods, is a secret society of wee people and Gerald, with his friend Vernon, has just stumbled into a wee war. With wonderful imagery and imagination, Burroughs takes her readers into a magical world filled with terror, adventure and an unsuspecting hero.
Gerald and the Wee People is a book that brings the impossible to life and takes the reader right along with it into a battle that may mean death for the wee people. Without the help of Gerald, who doesn’t even know how to help, and his best friend Vernon, all may be lost. With an “Alice in Wonderland” feel, Gerald is shrank down to wee size and is at the mercy of the attacking misshapen ones along with Sheela, Cian and Sean. Can Gerald save himself and his new friends or will they all cease to be.
This is a great story of courage, faith and friendship for any age. Young adults and more mature juveniles ( some violence) will enjoy the action and adventure that Burrough’s characters bring to the reader. A pleasurable read and very talented writing make this book a winner. Makes me want to go look for the magic in my own back yard.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
on June 2, 2011 :
I love fantasy, especially when it is laced with spices of reality. The adventure of Gerald and Vernon had me traveling from Lilliput to Oz, and even taking a pinch of primitive science. I never thought of someone else thinking about using old bread mold to elicit its antibiotic properties....
Ms Burroughs was able to create easy dialogues among almost familiar creatures, without messing my head with complicated names.
And strangely enough, I read without searching for grammar glitches, typos and what not. This novel was a pleasure to read.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)