“The writing really pulls you in from the very first page as Ms. White dives right into the world Hutton’s and the revelation that is about to be revealed to the two protagonists. While the book itself is short on pages, the author does an excellent job of making use of each page. While I enjoyed the mystery and twists within Aesop’s Secret, I am going to leave y’all in the dark so you can discover what will befall the Hutton kids in what is now one of my favorite middle grade books this year.”
A note from the Author: I’ve been a day-dreamer all of my life. Lucky I was since all our family holidays when I was a child involved long hours of driving with nothing to do but stare out at the passing landscape. It wasn’t unusual for my Dad to map out a trip where we would travel at least six hours a day, seeing the sights and learning the history of the western US and Canada from our big comfy car. In those days we didn’t have portable video players or Gameboys. So there was not a lot to do except sleep or enjoy the scenery. As it was, I did enjoy the scenery but for a totally different reason than my parents had intended. What I saw in the constantly changing landscape was the inspiration for stories—stories about horses galloping across the plains…stories about me, as a horse, galloping across the plains! For me, it was like watching a movie only better because I determined where my adventures would go and who would be the hero.
It wasn’t only car trips that inspired my adventures and it wasn’t only as a child that I indulged in unleashing my imagination. In school I took a particular interest in myths and fables, inventing my own whenever I got the chance. I enjoyed asking, then answering, all the what-ifs that I could imagine: What if princesses really could turn into swans? What if there really were Minotaurs? What if seals could really shed their skins and become humans? What if Athena really could transform into other creatures? What if there are other worlds connected to ours?
As an adult, I still indulge in fantasies and I expect that I always will. I’m always entertained by imagining different people and places.
About ten years ago I began revisiting some of my favourite fantasies and began writing Aesop’s Secret, the first of three books, published by MP Publishing.
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“The intriguing and unique cover wrapped around Aesop’s Secret by Claudia White is a perfect reflection of the sublime fantasy story inside.”
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“Middle Grade readers will be intrigued by the cover of Aesop’s Secrets, and hooked by its storyline. A mix of magic, a little science, and great cast of characters makes this a nice little book. I could see it be used as a successful read aloud too!”
Literacy Love Review
“Claudia White has written an appealing and intelligent story which even this forty something woman found endearing to read. I shall be keeping this one to hand for when my granddaughter is a little older.”