What Grown Ups Say About Root Bound:

Witchcraft seems frightening at first, and only becomes more so as you learn more. "Root Bound" follows young Emma as she discovers someone who is most definitely a witch in her new home with her father. Drawn into a world of mysticism and fae brownies, she finds the road home for her is a long and complicated one. "Root Bound" is a fine and much recommended addition for young adult fantasy collections.

-Midwest Book Review
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Gough cleverly mines that book’s legends, folk tales and Greek mythology, along with the works of Frank Baum and Lewis Carroll, to create settings and challenges that pay homage to classic children’s literature. At times, the narrative, geared for children ages 10 and up, can seem a bit derivative, but the charm is genuine and the laughs are frequent, as when the goddess Ceres first appears as a female Jabba the Hutt, attended by nymphs gone to seed. Gough also makes ample use of nonsensical rhythms and onomatopoeia to keep a lively pace, and her imagining of Under’s vast framework of roots and rocks is richly realized in earthly textures and sounds. The theme of finding one’s place in the world underlies the plot in this, the first in the four-part Emma and the Elementals series. Although magic abounds, it’s satisfying to see Emma find her identity with her own power.

A lighthearted, whimsical confection that will delight both kids and their parents’ inner child.

-Kirkus Reviews
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Root Bound is a vibrant fairy tale that all ages can enjoy in equal measure. Young readers will be swept away by the heroine Emma and her journeys through a spectacular world of adventure, and adults will be captivated by the depth of imagination on display and skill with which Ms Gough conveys the world of Emma and the Elementals. For readers who enjoy the young adult works of Neil Gaiman, Root Bound would be a worthy addition to your library.

-From Amazon
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This engagingly inventive novel brilliantly reworks several great imaginative traditions in the service of exploring female psyches, interactions, developments, tensions -- all while remaining as "guy-friendly" as those quest-based traditions generally are. *Root Bound* does a valuable service to its readers and to its sources, which should gain new and newly alert readers as a result. I look forward to future installments in the Emma and the Elementals series!

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