I recently received a truly wonderful review of Stargazer, from a young grade three student attending St. John Catholic School in Panama City, Florida. Her review is truly amazing. I've left all of her spelling and grammar intact. Here goes:
"Dear Mr. Allan,
Your book Stargazer. I'm reading it. All though at the beginning I didn't like that you used a bad word*, but other than that it's turning out to be a great book. I like adventure books, and this book so far has a lot of adventure already. It was pretty cool that Marni and her friends traveled into this other world. It was weird when they heard this roaring sound and I would be pretty freaked out if I was running for my life then I tripped like Marni did. I just absolutely love the book! I hope your happy about that. It was funny when she said "STUPID LACES, OH COME ON!" It was weird when that robot showed Marni all the different things in the fire. It was also funny when Sophie said "I had to go pee and I realized you weren't in bed." It was said with her having all those flashbacks with her and her grandmother. Because if you just imagine your grandma die you will cry just as Marni did when she figured out her grandma died. It was funny when Marni had that sword and said "en garde." I liked the extras. You told me how you write, concept art, brainstorming, the first entry, the second entry, third entry, fourth entry, plot breakdown, outline, panel one, panel two, on page 97 panel one, panel two, panel three, panel four, panel five, on page 99 panel one, panel two, panel three, panel four, on page 100 a panel five, on page 101 panel one, panel two, and panel three. I liked the pictures at the end, this book was amazing. I wish I could keep it and read it again, again and again, but I have to return it in five days so I probably can't but I just love Stargazer."
* The "bad word" she's referring to is the use of the word "damn."
Special thanks to her school's librarian for passing this review on to me.