Meet Conor at the The Crossworlds


Conor Jameson is 10 years old. He’s confused and angry because his favorite uncle Jake has died. On the night his Uncle was buried, Conor was in bed, crying, trying to understand why his uncle died. He was visited by a mystical beast from the Crossworlds, Purugama, who took him on a series of adventures aimed at explaining life’s choices and consequences. Their journeys were exciting, challenging, scary, and informative. Their shared experiences developed a strong bond of gratitude, respect, and friendship.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

The author knows his audience and captures them before the end of the first paragraph. Though its genre is teen fantasy, the authenticity of the plot, the integrity of the characters, and the quality and structure of the narrative set it apart from the typical teen fantasy works.

Content Awareness Factors:


Young Reader Reaction

This was banging. Conor was cool.

Parent Reaction

This piece of teen fantasy is well done. It is well written and imaginative. There is also some education re civility, moral issues, etc. that make it a bit more meaty than some of the otherHarry Potter wannabees.

Type of Book:
This is book one in an five-part fantasy adventure series.
Educational Themes:

This is essentially the story of mentor and student. Purugama, a mystical cougar, is charged with mentoring ten year old, Conor Jameson, about life, its challenges, choices, responsibilities and consequences. Each episode provides rich topics for discussion that will engage preteens and teenagers in thoughtful and personal conversation.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
12 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
10 and Up
Age of child:
Read by a student at the Woodside High Magnet School for Arts and Communication (Newport News, VA)
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. Fantasy literature is an extraordinarily popular genre. While many works are variations on the Harry Potter theme, this is not. The author has demonstrated that there are fresh, imaginative, and creative ways to use magic.

Title Breaking the Barrier

Conor and the Crossworlds, Book 1

Author Kevin Gerard
Publisher AuthorHouse © 2007
Illustrators Justin Gerbracht
ISBN 9781425991838
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.49
Genres Adventure, Fantasy, Death and Loss
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