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Barley and Rye: 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”

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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

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Barley and Rye 3: The Wizard of Frogsmire




Rebecca J. Carlson lives on the North Shore of Oahu with her husband, two youngest sons, 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 the harp.

When her son 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 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

  • Hau'ula Open Market
    Saturdays 10-2 Nov-Dec 2022
  • Book Signing at BYU-Hawaii Bookstore
    February 2023 Date TBA

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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