Barley and Rye 1: The Adventure of Lost Castle


"Barley & Rye's Adventure of Lost Castle is a sweet brotherly tale with realistic sibling conflict about who gets to be the hero. Unexpected twists, inventive worldbuilding, and fast-paced adventure make this book a delight for all ages!"

-Susan Kaye Quinn, bestselling author of “The Faery Swap”

Barley and Rye 2: The Curses of Lost Forest


"At an age when many children would prefer to have their face in front of a screen rather than their nose in a book, the author demonstrates insight to her demographic and masterfully sustains suspense and adventure in short scenes. Children who love the How to Train Your Dragon series, One and Only Ivan , and the Half Upon a Time trilogy would enjoy this series.”

-Stephanie Robertson, MA, MLIS, Outreach Librarian, Joseph F. Smith Library

Barley and Rye 3: The Wizard of Frogsmire




Fun Facts:

  • She lives in Hawaii on the island of Oahu
  • In college she worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory, writing computer simulations to save the planet from killer asteroids
  • She has two parakeets, a lovebird, a cockatiel, and a turtle
  • She owns over a thousand pounds of books (she knows because she had to ship them when she moved to Hawaii)
  • Chocolate cake is her favorite food
  • She plays the harp and used to be in a Celtic folk band

When her son Daniel told her he wanted a story with a map, a rescue, and a magic sword for his 9th birthday, Rebecca J. Carlson wrote what became "Barley & Rye: The Adventure of Lost Castle." With traditional folklore elements woven together into a whole new adventure, the fun and fantastical escapades of brave Barley and his clever brother Rye will delight fairy tale lovers of all ages.

Book Signings and Events

BYU-Hawaii Bookstore
March 2020

PCC Christmas Market
December 2020

Summer 2023 Events

  • Kahuku Library
    Tuesday June 20 @ 5:30 PM
  • Salt Lake - Moanalua Library
    Monday June 26 @ 5:30 PM

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Author Visits & Readings

I would love to do a virtual visit with your classroom, homeschool group, book club, or other organization.

For visits on the island of Oahu I'm available in person.

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Laie Elementary School
February 2020