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A middle grade bedtime story book for the whole family. Written and illustrated in the tradition of classics like Peter Pan, Treasure Island, and The Alchemist. While adventures teach boys and girls importance of family and friendship in their lives, adults will love the good lessons about not making the wrong decisions when life offers challenges.
Levend is just twelve when he meets Mr. Ben Ice, a gruff fisherman whose peg leg, eyepatch and hook hand all but prove a lifetime of piracy. But life in Yalova is hard, and if this intimidating figure can help Levend support his family, then he’ll gladly accompany him on the fishing trip of a lifetime – even if it’s packed with more danger, adventure and friendship than either of them could ever have expected.
As Levend discovers more and more about his would-be captain, he becomes embroiled in a dangerous pirate feud, a hunt for sunken treasure, and the chance to forge friendships that will last a lifetime – even if that only means the next few minutes. Confronted by timeless love and shocking betrayal, Levend must decide who he can trust and who’ll make him walk the plank. Benice will take you on a journey that’s as heartwarming as it is hair-raising. Thrill to a swashbuckling adventure, wonder at the hidden truth, and cherish the kind of friends that will stay with you for life. Perfect for young readers starting to learn life’s most important lessons, Benice is a classic adventure suitable for all the family – the sort of story that will inspire nights reading under the covers and days sailing the high seas of imagination.
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“A Treasure Island for the modern era, recommended for middle-grade readers and fans of pirate-adventure tales. The writing style is reminiscent of the prose in The Alchemist, featuring turns of phrase that offer nuggets of wisdom”
— Kirkus Review (Starred Review)
"A page-turning story of secret quests and abductions with a strong and heartwarming message about family and friendship: inventive and whimsical in tone and positive in message. It’s an uplifting read that should appeal to younger readers, particularly, but not exclusively, boys."
— Blueink review
“This solid, carefully developed story kept me involved through its excellent writing and unfaltering character development. Benice is one of those rare books that really does appeal to the whole family, and while boys will get a kick out of the faintly gruesome pirates and dangerous adventures, Ayshin and her friends offer some strong female leads.”
— Sarah Scheele for Readers' Favorite
“One … Great … Story. Told by one great storyteller. And great expectations are duly rewarded with ample buried treasure!”
— Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite - Five Star Review
“Lots of fun imagination was put into the book, and I can see myself reading this one again and again.”
— Bruce Arrington for Readers' Favorite - Five Star Review
“It made me nostalgic and reminded me of classics like Peter Pan and Treasure Island. Without a doubt, I'm certain that young adults will enjoy this book as much as I did (if not more).”
— Justine Reyes for Readers' Favorite - Five Star Review
“The story holds an element of mystery as if something is hidden beneath the surface,– true friendship is hard to find and when you do find it, hold on to it no matter the cost.”
— Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite