Welcome to Lisa & Holly’s Book Club!
The book review will be posted on the 15th day of each month, so please join us mid-July for a discussion.
This month we are reading Jamie Reign: The Last Spirit Warrior, the debut novel of author P.J Tierney. With Kung Fu, ancient magic and adventure it is no wonder it was nominated for the 2014 Readings Children’s Book Prize, which recognises and celebrates books that families love reading together and aims to raise the profile of debut and on-the-rise Australian authors. What a great achievement for P.J Tierney to have been nominated for this inaugural prize!
John Flanagan, author of The Rangers Apprentice describes the novel as ‘…intriguing and ingenious …Jamie Reign keeps the plot bubbling and the pages turning.’
The second novel in the series Jamie Reign: The Hidden Dragon is out in September, so if you haven’t read Book 1 yet then now is a good time to join us in reading it as there won’t be long to wait in between reads!
→Later this month my interview with P.J Tierney will feature on my blog – so keep an eye out as the interview will also feature a book giveaway!
Description: Jamie Reign was born twelve years ago, on the first day of the Chinese Year of the Dragon. This supposedly auspicious start in life hasn’t been much use to him, living a loveless existence with his abusive father, Hector, on a salvage boat. Jamie’s mother Mayling died on the day he was born. When Jamie inadvertently summons some fiery orbs from the air to tackle some local bullies, he doesn’t understand that he has tapped in The Way, the universal energy source, and in doing so he sets off a chain of events with unforeseen consequences. Whisked away by the mysterious Mr Fan to the Chia Wu, a school for students with special abilities, Jamie is taken under the wing of the legendary Kung Fu Master Wu.
Author Bio: PJ Tierney grew up in the Blue Mountains where every day was an adventure. When PJ left school she enrolled at the University of Wollongong in the Creative Arts Department and majored in Writing. It was there she discovered the magic of theatre and producing concerts became her goal, and to quote PJ: ‘I have worked with some of the world’s biggest artists. I sat in the truss beside Madonna as she descended on her mirror ball, I executed the world’s worst follow spot cue for U2, and for the Eagles I was responsible for a pin spot pickup so precise it made the Lighting Designer applaud. I’ve been pushed aside by Elton John’s security and was called ‘babe’ by B.B. King.’ Following this came a stint working on the production of the Hong Kong Handover Celebrations. It was while in Hong Kong that PJ spent time in the world where the real Jamie lived, and so it was the story grew and came alive.
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I will read this book as part of the Australian Women Writers challenge 2014. To join click here