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Barley and Rye, The Adventure of Lost Castle


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

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Barley and Rye, The Curses of Lost Forest




Rebecca J. Carlson lives on the North Shore of Oahu with her husband, two youngest sons, one rabbit, one turtle, four birds, 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.

Book Signings and Events

BYU-Hawaii Bookstore
March 2020

PCC Christmas Market
December 2020

Upcoming Events

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    May 2022

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Author Visits & Readings

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Laie Elementary School
February 2020