5 star reviews

Review by ‘Ancient Mariner’, Colorado, USA

SeaBEAN is on a whole different level. It is very well written; it has much, much more well-developed characters (than other chapter books for children this age); it devotes a lot of attention to, and invests a lot of creative energy into, the actual nature of the C-Bean transport device and its impact on the children of isolated St. Kilda. After the first few pages of this book you will be entirely taken by the heroine, Alice. Of course, there is a plot as well, and a number of engaging sub-plots. So: good, evocative writing, a strong narrative, engaging characters, an environmental message, and creative energy to burn. What a nice find.”

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Review by Ann, from Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

“What a wonderful children’s book, part of a new series. Alice lives on the island of St. Kilda off the coast of Scotland in 2018. A mysterious cube arrives as a gift to the school. It is called the C-Bean and it transports the children and their teacher to different places to study. This story will be loved by both boys and girls, 4th-8th grades. It’s an easy read and many adults will enjoy it too. It’s science fiction, fantasy and adventure rolled into one exciting story.”

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Review by Joe Follansbee from Seattle, USA

“Told with a mixture of faux blog postings and conventional narrative, SeaBEAN is an enjoyable fantasy with a clear message about environmental stewardship.”

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Review by Safie Maken Finlay, Ireland

“An absorbing and intelligent tale with a strong environmental angle, SeaBEAN tells the story of Alice, a ten year old girl who lives within a tiny community on the remote and isolated island of St. Kilda, far from the British mainland. Although some of the story is revealed through Alice’s blog and other parts in a third-person narrative, the two blend together well.”

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Review by Joe Cortes, Spain

Sarah Holding’s book is full of mysteries and action. Alice and her friends find themselves travelling around the world in the C-Bean, facing unknown dangers and probably a conspiracy that is bigger than themselves and the small island of St. Kilda. Can six children, a dog, a parrot and a third generation teleporting-virtual-reality-super-know-all-computer-and-mobile-classroom outsmart a Russian Oil Company and possibly a global conspiracy? Only one way to find out…”

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Review by Hemantkumarjain, India

“Here I am… reading a book written for children. And I enjoyed it actually. SeaBEAN is an interesting sci-fi story that also educates young readers (kids) about the environment and nature and the damage some of us are causing to it and what can be done about it.”

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Review by Mary Bernsen, Florida, USA

SeaBEAN is a clever story with a big lesson under it’s surface. It’s age-appropriate narrative and dialogue will appeal to the targeted audience as well as plant the seed of environmental awareness. The blog entry was a delightful touch! My seven year old loved every word of it. I could definitely see this being widely distributed amongst the schools here in the U.S. as well as internationally. Well done, Ms. Holding!”

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Review by Saskia Bakker, Netherlands

“Children’s books seem to be divided between fantasy stories and realistic stories. This book combines both in a very creative way. Who would not want to have a classroom that really lets you experience the answers to your questions? The story is colourful and well written. If you buy it for your child, treat yourself to some lovely hours by reading it too. Or read it to your child and enjoy making up your own adventures with the C-Bean.”