"Normal" means different things to different people. For 16-year-old Sadie Larcen, family dynamics look a little different than most. Parents with oddball occupations? Normal. Five homeschooled siblings - one with autism? Normal.
Police knocking on the door and parents gone missing? Definitely not normal!
When Sadie uncovers the reasons behind her parents' disappearance and the truth about her heritage, she despairs of ever feeling normal again. Especially when she learns that her mother's interest in Bigfoot, dwarves, and other lore extends beyond her popular blog. Sadie's family has been entrusted with keeping the secrets of the Tethered World - home to creatures that once roamed the Garden of Eden.
Sadie and her siblings must venture into this land to rescue their parents. Stepping out of reality and into a world she never knew existed is a journey Sadie fears and resents, but she chooses to risk all to save her family.
She's just not sure she will survive in the process.
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The special effects and voices by the narrator
The different voices
The leprechaun that they met at the start of the story. He was the first inhabitant that they encountered and was a bit crazy.
The Tethered World is a great book for all ages. It chronicles the journey of Sadie Larcen and her siblings as they enter a new world looking to rescue their parents. I loved seeing the encounters that she had with the inhabitants of this new world, the Tethered World and learning how it all came about. As the journey continues, Sadie not only learns more about this new world, but about herself as well. I enjoyed seeing how she was able to overcome things that she was not comfortable with, but still remained herself. She grew up some, did not change completely. I liked that as some books make the main character seem to do a complete change that is not always believable. I had the pleasure of listening to this on audio book which made it even better. The narrator did a great job on the different voices for the characters and the special effects made you feel like you were a part of the story. I received a copy of the audio book from the publisher to listen to and review.
Unique, Fun, Clean Family Fantasy
Yes! Fun adventure, lovable characters, great world building and character development.
Too many to choose one. Sadie is relatable, Sophie is adorable, Brady is brave, Brock is surprising. Still, I'm drawn to quirky old people, so Aunt Jules holds a special place in my heart. Of course, you can't forget all the amazing fantasy characters! The Gnomes are probably my favorite--small, but feisty!
Sarah is the perfect voice for Sadie! She captures Sadie's personality, and even produces different voices for each character. I also loved the addition of sound effects; I haven't come across that very often in audio books, but I thought it was a nice touch. Really makes you feel like you're experiencing it.
Sadie. The story is in her point-of-view, so you experience everything through her eyes. She starts out as a relatable teen and reluctant participant in the adventure, but her development is extraordinary. Sadie proves she's far braver than she thinks, and her devotion to her family is beautifully portrayed.
This story is filled with lovable characters and action-packed adventure, all in a unique (and almost believable) setting! It's equally fun and entertaining as it is thought-provoking. Highly recommended for clean fantasy lovers, and especially families looking for a good book to read together!
- Stephanie Florentino