Owen Higgins


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Smashwords book reviews by Owen Higgins

  • The Grateful Girl on Oct. 15, 2013

    I’m sucker for a good yarn and I couldn't help myself writing up this review to say how impressed I am with The Grateful Girl. I read it over a few nights with my two kids (9 and 11 years). They loved it too. We’re now some of Mark Stafford’s newest fans. This story has a poignant central message that challenged us to appreciate what we have, rather than just always wanting more. The main character, a young girl, learns an important lesson the hard way but I won’t say more. You should read it for yourself; I can’t recommend it highly enough.
  • Elsie and the Money Tree on Oct. 15, 2013

    Once I’d read the Grateful Girl (the first book in Mark Stafford’s This is Better than That collection) to my kids, they wanted to hear this one too. And they weren't disappointed. It’s a story about a girl who isn't understood by her parents. She a tender-hearted soul, they think only of money. Then, one day, something happens that will test the whole family. It’s a really good read.
  • Grandmother's Ashes on Oct. 15, 2013

    A poignant, pithy fable about choices and the importance of imperfect outcome to our personal growth. My two girls (9 and 11) really enjoyed this when I read it to them at bedtime over a few nights. I enjoyed it to. We’re all big fans of Mark Stafford’s work.
  • I Smell Smoke on Oct. 16, 2013

    First class writing and a really enjoyable story. It’s about the struggle between faith and reason and the middle ground.
  • The Artist on Oct. 16, 2013

    I didn't think I’d ever care about a tree’s feelings. Well done Mr Stafford. Good story, well written.
  • Dinosaurs Eat Paris: The World Fair, Paris, 1889 (an alternate history) on Aug. 17, 2014

    Loved it.