Tales of Larkin

Tales of Larkin : Hawthorn's Discovery

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Imagine hiking through a quiet forest with a hawk circling above the leafy boughs, beetles crawling across a log, a lizard darting under a fallen leaf, everything peaceful and serene--unless you are an inch tall. Then ants are the size of bulldogs and many times stronger; spiders become giant monsters; snakes are as big and threatening as a freight train barreling off the tracks, and lizards are dragons running amuck.

Hawthorn's Discovery is the story of a young Larkin, a member of a tribe of people one inch tall, facing these very threats in the forest. Hawthorn has gone on his first hunt with other warriors from his tribe to supply the clan with the winter's kill of the giant mooflon (mouse). After the successful hunt, the warriors are attacked by Renegades, brutal enemies who steal their hard-won quarry and capture Hawthorn and his friends to work in their slave mines. Separated from his friends, badly injured, and left to die on a red ant nest, Hawthorn is dramatically rescued--by someone he can't identify from a tribe of which he has never heard. While recovering from his injuries, Hawthorn is bewildered by this new society's total commitment to obeying its god. They seek the Maker's will in all they do, pray about all their needs, and actively love their enemies. Through the Maker's answers to their faithful prayers, their culture is advanced beyond that of the Larkin or the Renegades.

The story reaches its exciting climax as Hawthorn and his Makerian friends enter the Renegade stronghold in a daring rescue of Hawthorn's friends from the Renegade slave mines. With humor and fast-paced adventure, Hawthorn's Discovery promotes good character and the vision of a culture totally dependant on and obedient to their Maker, inspiring believers to seek God more actively in prayer.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 486 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25mm | 644g
  • English
  • 2nd This New Contains an Appendix with Chapter Questions for Discussions ed.
  • 16 Illustrations
  • 0998667706
  • 9780998667706
  • 3,151,627

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"With characters reminiscent of Hobbits, sporting ready and witty tongues to match any Narnian Dwarf, the Larkin fight the Renegades in battles that rival the Lord of the Rings. In the style of Redwall and The Wingfeather Saga, this series by Alan W. Harris will delight lovers of Tolkien and Lewis alike. If you love The Green Ember or The Growly Books, you need to read Hawthorn's Discovery." -Gretchen Louise, community manager at Kindred Grace and book reviewer for Club31Women

"To keep the attention of my two boys, a story must be full of adventure, easy to understand, and move quickly. To meet my highest mark of approval, it must be packed with meaning, make them think, and point them to Christ. The Tales of Larkin do all of these things and more! Hawthorn and his crew have made a permanent mark on our hearts and honestly, feel like family. A recommendation can't get any better than that. The whole McGlothlin family gives it a big thumbs up!" -Brooke McGlothlin, Co-Founder and President of Raising Boys Ministries
and Author of Praying for Boys: Asking God for the Things They Need Most

"Locusts in a field of corn have nothing on our boys reading the Tales of Larkin. Devour - it's the best word to describe their response to author Alan Harris' new book. Hawthorn's Discovery is a story packed with adventure, courage, honor, friendship, treachery, danger, great loss, and intrigue . . . and just about everything a great story has to have. But, beyond the great storytelling, it's a story about The Story of redemption, woven artfully into the history of the tiny race of hearty people called Larkin." -Matthew L. Jacobson

"My son got lost in Tales of Larkin and barely came up for air. Engaging, heartening, and packed full of adventure and heroism, it inspired my young reader to live for a higher purpose. The book was an instant hit in our home. Thank you, Alan Harris, for this delightful story!" -Sarah Mackenzie, host of The Read-Aloud Revival Podcast

"From the very first page, I was swept up in the adventures from Tales of Larkin. I've long been on the lookout for an exciting - and yet character-building - book for our younger children to read and such books are not easy to come by these days! Just to be sure, however, I handed it over to our 12-year-old son and then watched him devour the story even more rapidly than me. This one is an absolute winner for parents and children alike!" -Lisa Jacobson, Club31Women.com

"I love it when an author can combine adventure, imagination, fantasy, and real-world truth. Alan Harris has done just that with his romping Tales of Larkin series. With brilliant story weaving, these books will delight both children and adults at the same time. In fact, both my husband and my daughter are eagerly awaiting the second book! They are perfect for the family bookshelf...read-aloud classic for years to come." -Natasha Metzler, author of Pain Redeemed and Christmas!
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