What People are Saying about The Lost Celt
“THE LOST CELT is the best kind of children’s adventure story, full of taut suspense, riveting action, and, most importantly, humor and heart. Not to be missed.” Katherine Applegate, Author of THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN, Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal.
“Mikey is trying to solve the most amazing riddle of his life in this fun ride, with rich, real characters and high stakes.” Eric Elfman, Co-author with Neal Shusterman of TESLA’S ATTIC and EDISON’S ALLEY.
“A. E. Conran mixes schoolyard drama, family interactions, and heroes’ tales in a sensitive book that leaves us cheering for veterans of all generations and their families.”Suzanne Morgan Williams, Author of BULL RIDER.
"A deftly crafted entertainment from beginning to end that will have special appeal to children ages 8 to 12, and in grades 2-7, "The Lost Celt" is very highly recommended for both school and community library General Fiction collections for young readers." Midwest Book Review, March 2016 (http://www.midwestbookreview.com/cbw/mar_16.htm)
"THE LOST CELT is rich and meaningful in so many ways that it will great for all adults and kids, but particularly youth and families with family members who have been to war, or to dangerous regions where violence is a real threat and possibility.” Colleen Paul, MA, ATR, LMFT, LPCC, Fellow, Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Post-Graduate Certificate program, Supervising Mental Health Counsellor, Health and Human Services Agency, Napa County, CA.
"The Lost Celt is a great portrayal of some of the things veterans and their families go through, with adventure and humor! We highly recommend this book for children and adults.” Maureen Borosky, Unstoppable Heroes - Wounded Veterans.
"I can’t wait to put this treasure into the hands of my favorite kids.” Elaine Petrocelli, Owner, Book Passage, Corte Madera and San Francisco, CA.
"This is an extraordinary tale, told in a fluid and believable way that gently draws the reader into the emotional intensity of the story's climax. A story for kids who love to play war games and the adults who worry about them." Clare Doornbos, Children’s Book Buyer, Diesel, A Bookstore, Larkspur Landing.
“THE LOST CELT is a fast-paced adventure story that reads like a true classic. With gripping characters, high stakes, and real heart, this is a truly captivating “can’t-put-it-down- ‘til-I’m-done” read! Especially perfect for any so called, reluctant readers!" Keely Parrack, Teen Action coordinator, Towne Center Books, Pleasanton, CA.
“A. E. Conran uses a great story and imagery to put the often hidden or misunderstood effects of trauma/PTSD out for all to see.” Sean Silvera, United States Marine Corps Veteran, Board of Directors Member for Veterans Yoga Project, Teacher at San Quentin Prison for Veterans Healing Veterans from the Inside Out under the direction of the Prison Yoga Project.
“I am sure that THE LOST CELT will be successful in healing and understanding for children and adults.” William J. Blaylock, Author of INVISIBLE: PTSD’S STEALTH ATTACK ON A VIETNAM WAR VETERAN, Member of Maxine Hong Kingston’s Veterans Writing Group.
“Every time I thought I could put THE LOST CELT down, I would go on and read “just a couple more pages” and then maybe a couple more…this is a universal book for boys.” Gregory Ross, Author, VETERANS OF WAR, VETERANS OF PEACE edited by Maxine Hong Kingston, Member of Maxine Hong Kingston’s Veterans Writing Group.
“The Lost Celt explores important family issues, fantasy play and the realities of the traumas of war. I am looking forward to getting it in the hands of my middle school students. Carol Halpern, District Librarian, Larkspur-Corte Madera School District, CA.
“From page one, I was swept up in Mikey’s world of fantasy warfare and his obsessive pursuit of his Celtic warrior, a pursuit that never lets up. The Lost Celt has it all: gripping action, fool-hardy boys, courage, humor, friendships tested, and enormous heart.” Marilyn Wronsky, Children's Librarian, Corte Madera Library, CA.
“The Lost Celt is a compelling read that exercises the imagination and fosters healing between generations. This is a book that has something for everyone and is not to be missed!” Junia Ziblay, Librarian, Marin Primary and Middle School, Larkspur, CA.
"This novel crosses generations and explores some of the realities of modern day warriors whose return from war often leaves them afraid, marginalized, and unable to re-enter civilian life. A compassionate tale that brings important issues to light." Jackie Hallerberg, Daughter of a WWII POW, Member of Maxine Hong Kingston’s Veterans Writing Group.