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Rooke's Island The Prophecy of the Staring Eyes
by Sue K Whalen  & Miss Vickie 

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Publisher:  iUniverse Inc ISBN-10:  0595688292


Copyright:  Aug 20 07 ISBN-13:  9780595688296

WISDOM RULES: Beneath Rooke's Island. READ HOW…Magically a collection of owl figurines tell their secrets, disclose their prophecy through the author and her granddaugher (Miss Vickie) Readers take flight in this fantasy as they ride along with Margery Mutters a school teacher, who has inherited Rooke's Island. Margery is whisked off to the island and drawn into the mysteries of an owl kingdom. Becoming involved with and woven into the ancient prophechy of the owls.

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 A distraught frightened postman, a mysterious letter, and a crazy mad owl all land on Margery’s Mutter’s door step at the same time. Margery Mutters a school teacher lives alone at the top of Old Oak Hill in Canyon City, an ordinary quiet city. Little does she know at this exact moment in time will mark the end of her humdrum life and the beginning of a grand adventure, unlike anything she could imagine. .

Readers take flight with this fantasy and ride along with Margery Mutters, as she is whisked off to Rooke’s Island. She sets off to explore the three levels of this bizarre island that she has inherited. Driven by the staring eyes, she is soon on a journey that takes the reader from the peculiar to the creep and downright terrifying, nothing makes sense, and nothing is familiar, there is no turning back. Margery becomes involved with a Council of Owls, and is woven seem into their ancient prophecy. However, even the slightest change in history could affect the owls’ destiny for another thousand years.


Her balance lost, she pressed her body against the cliff and felt herself dangling there, as if she was a hanging mannequin. Her legs flopped around like a rag doll's legs as she fumbled to find the groove. Her strong, hardened, garden fingers held her up on the corner of the ledge. There was no safety net to catch her, only the air and the churning, torrid water below. Her fingers and hands burnt with the worst pain, and her
grip was slipping. Time was quickly running out and everything seemed to be happening in a flash. She was going to fallY she just knew it. Her fingers couldn't hold on anymore. She felt her fingers slipping, one after another. As her life flashed before her eyes, she knew she was going to die. If the fall didn't kill her, the water certainly would. Margery struggled and struggled!

Swish! Zoom! Suddenly, with out warning, they plunged downward, dipping and dropping straight down, and quickly picking up speed. Faster and faster they raced down the steepest part of the incline. They could hear noises as the wind whistled past Loo and, then, through the Whoo Digger=s feathers. With one downward thrust, Margery was immediately and forcefully hurled backward before lurching forward like, a fish caught in a hook; the ground seemed to push up into her chest. Mike squealed in delight, laughing out loud; he was having the time of his life and as for the Whoo Diggers, well, this was their life. They lived to ride. Oh, how they loved it. As for little Loo, well, she loved it, too!

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Rooke’s Island: The Prophesy of the
Reviewed by Anneliese Buenker (age 9) for Reader Views (11/07)
Full of suspense. A mystery. . .
I enjoyed “Rooke’s Island: The Prophesy of the Staring Eyes” very much and think it is appropriate for ages 8 and up.

Rooke's Island
The Prophecy of the Staring Eyes, by S. K. Whalen
© Rosemary Drisdelle
Feb 19, 2008
A new and unique fantasy for young readers, Rooke's Island: The Prophecy of the Staring Eyes, has great characters, extraordinary settings, and lots of magic.
A Fantasy Adventure
Meet Margery Mutters, a woman who feels closer to nature than she does to people. She’s an extraordinary woman but she’s hidden it well, perhaps even from herself. She’s also a woman with a rather mysterious family background that’s about to reach out and grab her. Margery lives alone at the top of Old Oak Hill in Canyon City, a seemingly ordinary city, but one where wonderful things can happen at any moment.

The simultaneous arrival on Margery’s doorstep of a frightened postman, a peculiar letter, and an angry owl, mark the beginning of a grand adventure that changes Margery’s whole world. Luckily, she’s ready for anything.

Abruptly, Margery find’s herself leaving home. Her first destination is Alwyn’s Village, a community that sits not only on the shore of Robinson Strait, but also on the brink of another world, into which it seems perpetually ready to tumble. Her second stop is Rooke’s Island, part of that other world, where owls and magic reign and anything seems possible.

Beset by threats on every side, the owls themselves are on the crest of great change, and Margery arrives just in time to be part of it. As she learns more about the birds and the Owl’s Prophecy, she blends seamlessly with her new reality and disappears from the ordinary world of Canyon City forever.

Magical Adventure for Young ReadersRooke's Island takes us on a magical romp through a world of colorful places and larger-than-life characters reminiscent of A Series of Unfortunate Events, by Lemony Snicket, or James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl. Young readers will love the vociferous Gabbi Mooleys and her hideous Purple Inn, not to mention the repulsive lawyer Sidney Snog, and the maniacal Cockeye, a wise old owl who’s lost his wits. And they’ll thrill to the many whimsical secrets hidden on Rooke’s Island, home to innumerable otherworldly owls.

From the moment when author S. K. Whalen reminds us that even a postage stamp has power because it can “stick to one thing, and one thing only,” we know that everyday things have slipped away. We’re ready, then, for stepping stones like checker pieces dotting a boiling subterranean lake, a roller coaster that travels the undulating root system of a giant Redwood tree, and other magical adventures.

About the Author S. K. Whalen
Author S. K. Whalen has a flair for imaginative description and language that makes the reader feel part of her fantasy land, while Whalen’s real life connection to the imagination of a young reader—her informant Miss Vickie—assures the appeal of the book for 9 to 12-year-olds. There are strong male and female characters throughout, and if the owls seem overly hierarchical and patriarchal at first, they make up for it with their multiculturalism, and with their ultimate ability to adjust to the unexpected and accept new ideas. Rooke’s Island is a delightful and original new fantasy tale for young readers.

Rooke’s Island: The Prophecy of the Staring Eyes (iUniverse: New York, 2007 ISBN 978-0-595-44545-5) by S. K. Whalen, is available from both Chapters and Amazon in hard cover and paperback .

Readers Review- Maya Landers (age 10)
“Rooke’s Island,” by S. K. Whalen, is well suited for younger readers because the only enemy the main character, Margery Mutters, has to face is a crazy old owl by the name of Cockeye. Although Margery faces some challenges, they are scarce, and she recovers from them in a matter of minutes.
Margery Mutters (well, her given name is Adelaine Margery Josephine Hilda-Ann Mutters, but she prefers just Margery) finds a rather unusual envelope in the mail. It has two black eyes on it that seem to watch Margery. The letter bids Margery come to Rooke’s Island, so she does. Once she arrives on the mainland, she spends the night in the hideous Purple Inn. The next day, on her way to Rooke’s Island, she meets Mike, a boy whose face and hair resemble hers almost exactly. These mysterious similarities will be explained during the course of the novel.
When Margery arrives on Rooke’s Island, she finds Mike waiting for her. Together, they discover that Rook’s Island is a haven for owls. To discover this fact, they first have to make the journey to Inner Earth, the place where most of the owls live. On the way, Cockeye, the crazy old owl, tries to stop them from arriving. He is easily dissuaded, however. In fact, there are few real challenges for Margery or Mike to face during the course of the story. Even when a challenge appears, they are able to overcome it with little to no difficulty.
The plot moves quickly, perhaps even too quickly. For instance, one minute Margery is gardening at her home, the next minute she has arrived at Alwyn’s Village. When Margery first gets to Alwyn’s Village, which is the mainland near Rooke’s Island, she is greeted by Gabriella (Gabbi) Mooleys. Gabbi, the chatty owner of the Purple Inn where Margery spends the night, talks mostly about things that are completely irrelevant to what Margery was discussing.
During the course of the story, Margery changed in several significant ways. Her new friendship with Mike helps her smile at what previously would have driven her crazy, such as her encounter with Gabbi. Even more important, however, is the gift Margery received when she first arrived on the island: the gift of being able to speak to owls. Margery did not face dangerous challenges, and the smaller ones that she did encounter were conquered swiftly. “Rooke’s Island” would be a good choice for a read-aloud or for young, easily-frightened children.

Reviewed by Anneliese Buenker (age 9) for Reader Views (11/07)

“Rooke’s Island: The Prophesy of the Staring Eyes” is a book about a lady named Adelaine Margery Josephine Ida Hilda-Ann Mutters. She has just gotten a letter and the letter says that her uncle just died and left everything he owned to her. The letter says that she should go to Alwyns Village. There she meets the owner of the local inn, named Gabriella Mooleys. In Alwyns Village Margery meets her uncle’s lawyer Sidney Snog and goes with her cousin Mike to Rooke’s Island. Once they get there, they find out about lower Earth, a series of tunnels beneath the ground and inner Earth, the center of the world. They find themselves in the middle of a prophesy.

Full of suspense. A mystery. . .

I enjoyed “Rooke’s Island: The Prophesy of the Staring Eyes” very much and think it is appropriate for ages 8 and up.

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