The Dry is a children’s historical fantasy that combines the awful truths of the mining world in 1895 West Virginia with an adventure story about a boy who goes on a search for his father and discovers a world underground overrun with giant insects. Some insects are good, some are bad, and some are plain ugly. A blend of fiction and non-fiction that is designed to educate in a delightfully entertaining way.
“In the best tradition of heroic journeys, The Dry‘s landscape is populated by creatures we recognize, but changed in ways that horrify and delight – like a paramilitary troop of mercenary wasps twelve feet tall. Armies of fish, and all the species that depend upon water to survive, are under assault by the evil Prince LeVane, intent upon draining every drop of water from their world, and the world above it – ours!… Nolen’s superlative descriptive skills infuse this story with a cinematic sweep and the brio of a tale well-told.” – Kimberly Morris, author of over 60 children’s books.
“The Dry beautifully blends contemporary and epic fantasy…dragons, an evil being made up of thousands of tiny bugs, and an army made up of otters, dragonflies and water horses side-by-side with children who’ve been purchased from their families or guardians toil night and day, which has historical relevance. The beetles are pawns of the evil prince…the giant wasps turn out to be amazing and courageous allies. I loved the headings for each chapter which share the author’s love for and lore about the much maligned wasp.” ~ Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite
“Wow, this book has a bit of everything in it. There is history, a new fantasy world to explore, child slavery…every page gives you something new to take in. This book is a feast for the senses; you get a whirlwind of emotions and the action just never lets up. You can tell R. Nolen has a passion for the written word…every word is crafted into the right form for this book. I could feel Elliot’s frustration and worry when…his father’s search was called off. Truly amazing. If you want to take a gripping and wonderful ride, read The Dry.” ~Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers’ Favorite
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