Review of The Chosen One: Grimsley Hollow Book 1

The Chosen One: Grimsley Hollow Book 1 by Nicole Storey

Eleven-year-old Gage Gilbert is autistic, loves Halloween, and has no friends. He longs to share real adventures – not just those conjured in his head.

A mysterious key leads him to Eve, a young witch from another world called Grimsley Hollow. It’s a place where all magical beings live in safety and peace, but their realm is in trouble. Gage is the only one who can save them from a nefarious witch who has taken control.
And the human world is next on her list.

With Eve’s help (along with a potty-mouthed pixy, a trouble-making werewolf, a half-vampire, and a couple of dragons) Gage travels to Grimsley Hollow and together, they embark on a journey that will change them all.

It’s a deadly race against evil, where extraordinary creatures stalk the land under a harvest moon and nightmarish monsters take form.

Gage wanted friends and adventure, but had no idea they would come at such a dangerous price.

My Review: Gage is an eleven-year-old autistic boy who has been ostracized by the kids at his school. He has a loving family, vivacious little sis who understands him better than anyone, and a tree house that is his refuge. Gage has a great love for Halloween, horror movies, and the paranormal, but he enjoys the supernatural from the safety of his television. Life is comfortable for Gage, but is life fulfilling?  His lonely, safe existence is about to get a lot more complicated when his tree house is ransacked, a mysterious object appears, and an otherworldly girl shows up. Gage is now keeping secrets from his family and is about to embark upon a dangerous mission. How can an autistic kid save an entire world? Read the book to find out.

I fell in love with Gage and the world of Grimsley Hollow. The author has created a multifaceted world where good wars with evil. Vampires and werewolves battle bajangs and evil witches. This is a world where an ordinary human kid can prove that being a hero is more than swinging a sword or fighting the bad guy. In The Chosen One, heroism is about finding hidden courage, facing your deepest fears, and stepping outside your comfort zone to do something extraordinary. It's about being a true and loyal friend, even when all you want to do is run home and hide under the covers.

The Chosen One is the first book I've ever read which features an autistic hero. Gage's autism is addressed in an open, honest way educators, parents, and kids will appreciate. His autism is only one of many challenges Gage faces in this book. He's a well-rounded character who is more than his autism. Yes, autism is part of who he is. It creates certain limitations. In this book, the author has shown us that autistic people are people. Gage isn't special because of his autism or in spite of it. He's special because he makes a choice to do something amazing. He chooses to be brave. He chooses to help. He chooses to be a friend. Gage is special because he chooses to be.

I would highly recommend this book to everyone who enjoys fantasy. It's classified as middle-grade, but the same adults who loved Harry Potter will enjoy this book as well. It's filled with spooky adventure and is lots of fun. I can't wait to get my hands on book two.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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  1. Thanks Tricia. This sounds like I will love it. I've just been to get 'The Chosen One' from Amazon Australia.

  2. I've the premise of this book and as a teacher and excited to read about Gage's adventure. Got my copy and will spread the word. Great review.


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