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What a fun adventure! My 15 year old enjoyed it almost as much as my kinder age relatives.

The chapters are short enough for a new reader to chapter books to feel successful and the content is fun enough to appeal to all ages.

Warning: if you don’t have small children to read this book to at bedtime, it may induce the desire to share it with all of the youngsters in your life.

- Amy, Colorado USA



Rebecca J. Carlson lives on the North Shore of Oahu with her husband, two youngest sons, one rabbit, one turtle, two parakeets, a lovebird, and over a thousand pounds of books (she knows because she had to ship those books across the Pacific when she moved to Hawaii). When she isn't reading or writing, you'll find her teaching college physics, hiking in the Ko'olau mountains, or playing harp in her Celtic folk band.

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



"This book is a delightful romp for middle readers. Really enjoyed the interaction between the brothers!"

- Bob Stocks on Goodreads

"This is a fun tale that unfolds like an old-timey bedtime story. I love the characters and their realistic brotherly relationship. This story would make a great read-aloud book."

- Shaylen Cornwall on Amazon

Online Writing Classes for Kids!

Adventures in Words

Recommended for ages 8-11

Fun, creative exploration of writing meets daily M-F on Zoom for about 20 minutes. Course runs for two weeks.

How to Write a Story

Recommended for ages 12-17

Covers everything from ideas to publishing. Meets daily M-F on Zoom for about 30 minutes, course runs for three weeks.

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Book Signings

BYU-Hawaii Bookstore
March 2020

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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