Date: April 2003
Writer’s Digest National Book Contest Award Winner
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Swords for Hire
Two of the Most Unlikely Heroes You'll Ever Meet
Paul Allen did the children’s
book community a huge favor by resurrecting his brother’s
manuscript, Swords for Hire. When 22-year-old Will Allen’s
life was taken by melanoma, he left behind an amazing legacy—his
writing! Written 23 years ago, Swords for Hire is the first
of Will’s books to be published.
engaging tale of a missing king, a misfit royal soldier, and a coming-of-age
farm boy is absolutely delightful. When Sam Hatcher and Rigby Skeet
embark on their journey through the kingdom of Parmall to rescue
King Olive, they have no idea what’s in store for them. After
escaping from insidious “royal” guards, consulting with
a “sorcerer,” and defeating the horrifying Boneman,
Sam and Rigby help King Olive escape the dungeon he has been held
captive in for three years. After returning to the palace, King
Olive reclaims his throne from his evil brother and Sam falls in
love with a stunning spitfire who later becomes his wife.
perfect balance of adventure and humor in this book makes it hard
to believe that such a young man could write such a complete novel.
The book is divided into short chapters, making it simple for young
children to read.
Combine this with lively characters
and a descriptive setting and the recipe for a great children’s
book is complete! The story is fast-paced and easy to read, making
it a joy for both parents and children.
reading Will Allen’s first published book, you’ll be
wishing for more.