Bandits of Basswood by E. P. Bellows

Like many Drakes before him, John William Drake was born to be an explorer. When he discovers a book hidden in the ceiling of his family home, his father promises they are about to embark on a grand adventure. But when his father mysteriously disappears, John William moves in with his Uncle Andrew. A year passes with no word regarding his father’s whereabouts. That all changes on John William’s twelfth birthday, when he receives an invitation to change his destiny.

In this unknown land, John William searches for his father. His quest will find him getting help from a hopper and an Empyrean, and will endanger all their lives as they fight off the Bandits of Basswood. Can they escape? What other adventures are in store for John William and his friends? Will he ever find his father?

While I am not a huge reader of fantasy novels, I love stories filled with adventure. Bandits of Basswood certainly has tons of that. From the moment John William embarks upon the search for his father, it is a wild ride of deciphering clues, dodging bandits, and meeting fantastic creatures along the way. It kept me turning the pages and ended where I felt appropriate.

The one challenge for me is that this book had formatting and editing issues. The paragraphs were block style instead of indented, which made for a clumsy and sometimes confusing read despite the double-space between lines. Dialogue from one character would run into the dialogue of another character. In addition, there were typos and grammar errors. As an editor, it is tough for me to simply just read a book, but it went beyond that. Missing opening or closing quotation marks around dialogue, wrong words used, and instances where in one paragraph a word specific to this story would be capitalized and then further down in another paragraph it would be lowercase. 

I love the idea behind this story. The characters are unique. The artwork is beautiful. Tidy up the formatting and editing, and it will be a fabulous read.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08CSBF8M4
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 10, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3194 KB

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I received a digital copy of this book from the author through Pump Up Your Book. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Questions About Characters’ Futures on Anne with an E

Anne with an E ended two seasons early. As a result, some storylines were never fully tied up. I talk about some of those today at The Book Connection. Click here to read my ramblings.

Commentary on Anne with an E

I binge watched Anne with an E on Netflix this past week. Considering this show is geared toward an older crowd than the original Anne of Green Gables books and the 1985/1987 movies starring Megan Follows, I am discussing it at my main blog, The Book Connection.

Saturday’s post on this modernized classic is on what I enjoyed about the show. You can find that here.

Today’s post is on what I found strange about this series. You can find that here.

I hope you will check it out and share your thoughts. If you have watched Anne with an E, what did you think of it?

Merriam-Webster Launches New Children’s Books

“Merriam-Webster, the go-to source for word mastery, is launching Merriam-Webster Kids, a new book imprint in fall 2021 to inspire and excite a new generation of language lovers.

Kicking off the series, for kids aged 8-12, is Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day: 366 Elevating Utterances to Stretch Your Cranium and Tickle Your Humerus. This high-energy collection offers a year’s worth of fascinating words, amazing facts, captivating illustrations, and zany stories. With 12 audio downloads, kids can hear each story read aloud by celebrity narrators Rachel Bloom, David Harbour, and Soledad O’Brien.

For much younger word-lovers-in-training, Merriam-Webster’s 150 First Words is the perfect welcome gift for any baby. Encouraging language acquisition through the repetition of simple phrases, this oversized board book features 150 words for everyday objects and activities, woven around illustrations of mealtime, playtime, and other daily routines. Within every scene, search-and-finds provide fun ways to connect with your baby.

“Reading with children from an early age helps build lifelong literacy skills,” said Greg Barlow, President of Merriam-Webster. “And those skills open worlds. Through reading, kids learn about the world around them, the world beyond them, and the infinite worlds yet to be imagined.”

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day: 366 Elevating Utterances to Stretch Your Cranium and Tickle Your Humerus and Merriam-Webster’s 150 First Words will be available this October wherever books are sold. Future Merriam-Webster Kids titles include activity books, picture dictionaries, and story books.

Watch the book trailers:
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day
Merriam-Webster’s 150 First Words



About Merriam-Webster Inc.For over 180 years, Merriam-Webster has been America’s leading provider of language information.  Each month, our award-winning websites, apps, and social media channels offer guidance to tens of  millions of visitors. In print, our publications include Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate® Dictionary (among the best-selling books in American history) and dictionaries for English-language learners. All Merriam- Webster products and services are backed by the largest team of dictionary editors and writers in  America.

For more information, visit Merriam-Webster.com, and follow @MerriamWebster on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.”

Mini-2021 Goals Update

I usually review my year’s goals on a quarterly basis, but I am feeling such a sense of accomplishment I couldn’t wait. I’ve been working on Amelia’s Mission for an eternity. Real estate and family responsibilities don’t leave me with much time or energy. However, I promised myself I would dedicate some time to writing this month. This project is now 80% complete.

One of my critique partners will be reading the newest chapters and providing feedback next week. Happy dance!