“'There's cold chicken inside it,' replied the Rat briefly; 'coldtonguecoldhamcoldbeefpickledgherkinssaladfrench

'O stop, stop,' cried the Mole in ecstacies: 'This is too much!'”
-- from
The Wind in the Willows

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Chantel's Quest for the Enchanted Medallion •

Chantel's Quest for the Enchanted Medallion
To be published September 2009 • Simply Read Books • Ages 8 - 12
Explore the worlds of Imagination, Friendship, Enemies and Hope with Book Two in the fantasy series about Chantel, who must brave evil-doers and muster her courage to defeat an evil power that's killing nature and corrupting minds.
Story: In this second book in the widely praised fantasy series, a mysterious vengeful spirit threatens the Four Lands and twelve-year-old Chantel must recover four ancient relics in order to stop it. Her quest for the second relic, the Enchanted Medallion, takes her into the unforgiving desert, where the Warlord of the South is waiting to capture her. Will Chantel outwit this Warlord, save the Wise One of the South, and fine the elusive Etam Luos, who can reveal the hiding spot of the Medallion? Meanwhile, Chantel’s toughest battle lies within herself, as she discovers a secret ability that tempts her to stray to the side of the evil spirit. Luckily, her old loyal companions, a warrior mouse and a fox bat, as well as some new friends, help her on this daring adventure.
Story behind the story: Picnic Basket readers found much to like in the first book in the series, Chantel's Quest for the Golden Sword, as did their kid readers. Highly recommended by Curriculum Materials magazine, teachers planned on using Book One for prediction activities, to help students examine their worlds -- as well as the world of fiction; the female protagonist was a plus, and they felt it was full of suspense and excitement. Students were lined up to read Chantel's Quest for the Golden Sword -- and those who did need not wait much longer (Sept.) for this next adventure.

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loonyhiker said...

I would rate this book a 5. It is about a 12 year old girl on a quest for four ancient relics in order to save the world. Her quest leads to many adventures which made the story interesting and exciting. At first, when I realized that this was Book 2 and that I had not read Book 1, I was afraid it wouldn’t make sense but I didn’t have to worry. The story easily made sense even without reading Book 1. I enjoyed the book so much that I didn’t want to put it down. Now I can’t wait for the next book to come out.

I think both boys and girls will enjoy reading this book. Even though it says it is appropriate for ages 8-12, I could see it being used for middle school students as well as high school special education students. In my classroom, I could see using this book as a way to teach character education (loyalty, trust, simplicity). I also think it had rich vocabulary to use with my students. It could also be used on a lesson about traveling and safety issues. The obvious lessons would be about good vs. evil, darkness vs. light and loyalty vs. betrayal. This book has so many uses for the classroom and would be a valuable tool.

M. Hyson said...

I am a elementary librarian, teaching in an urban community. I teach grades 1 - 5. The basic idea of this book seemed like something that my students would really enjoy. Once I realized that this book was Book 2, not Book 1 I was worried that I would be unable to follow the story, or that I would have to do some research to understand the characters and the setting.

That was not the case, I was able to pick up the story very quickly. I personally enjoyed the book, I thought it was interesting and the plot moved very quickly.

However, I do not believe my students would enjoy it. It is full of fantasy and fun, but its a book that they would have an almost impossible time relating too. Overall though, definitely an enjoyable read, although I personally do not need to read the other books in the series.

I would rate it a 4 out of 5.

Mary Hyson
Elementary Librarian
Allentown, PA

dmuldawer said...

After reading the original Chantel book, I was interested in seeing how the story developed and was glad to see more depth and more complex characters here than in book one.

That said, I find myself drawn once again to the so-called "evil" characters, simply because of their complexity. Aquila, the warrior of the north, is torn between past and present, good and evil, and against the ebb and flow of his own nature. Owl and Fin, likewise, struggle with these issues.

Chantel, on the other hand, never shows the same complexity. Even when she is tempted by the dark magic of entering another's mind, she does it with good intentions and is properly chastised after each foray into her darker side.

Usually I find myself drawn to protagonists, but Chantel is a bit too sacharine sweet. She assumes new powers almost effortlessly, is beloved by all, and is dismayed by her encounters with evil. The books may bear her name but other characters carry the plot and the spiritual force of the novels.

I'd recommend this book for classroom bookshelves as many younger girls (ages 9-12) or older girls with lower reading skills would enjoy the fantasy.

Picnic Basket Rating: 4

Anonymous said...

I would give this book a 5 in my picnic basket. This series is a must have for my classroom. The vivid descriptions of the characters will help teach character development. The students can follow Chantel through her quests to obtain the lost items to fight the evil ones. I enjoyed how the author chose to use the backward spellings for the characters in this book.
Student really enjoy fantasy, and this series works their imagination while they are reading books that are very well written. As I read I my visualization was so vivid that I could picture the movie that could go along with it. This is what we want for our students.
I hope is not to long before the next book in the series is printed.
Jackie Purificato
Consultant teacher

Anonymous said...

After reading the other comments on this book I may have to go back and give it yet another chance. I simple could not get going on this book. I started reading it on 3 different occasions and just could not get into it. I am not sure if it was because it was the second in a series and I did not read the first, maybe that led to some difficulty or what?!??! Maybe the whole quest theme was to hard to pick up on right away?? I am not sure, but I do not stop reading books very ofter. It was just not my type of read.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed reading this book and would rate it a 5. After reading the first book, I couldn’t wait until I read this one. It was worth waiting for. It had action, romance (but not too much for the boys), and had you sitting on the edge of your seat. I am not used to reading fantasy, but this book was perfect. It had me hooked. I did get a little bored with the play on words (spelling the character’s names backwards) but that was the only point that I would complain about. I think boys and girls 9-12 would love to read it and it certainly would entice your reluctant reader.

Catherine said...

I just finished this book. This is definitely a 5. Chantel's journey isn't only the journey of a little girl trying to have an adventure. It mimicks an adult trying to decide what is right and wrong with the world. Chantel is learning that not everything is as it seems - is Owl actually evil? Is Aquilla remembering what it is like to be good? What will happen to Laluna?

There are a lot more questions that I'm looking forward to finding out. I also now need to read the first book to be caught up with what is going on. What I love best about this book is that it is such a good read-aloud. The kids will definitely be paying attention. It is also good to start different type of disscussions: friendship, the environment, how do you know what to do in a difficult situation, the difficulties with trying to be perfect. This book covers everything and I recommend it for all ages.

Catherine Yezak, Special Education Teacher, Marquette Area Public Schools.

Bette said...

I have read the first book and this book is just as great as the first one. I have read the first book to my middle school students in library and the consensus was very favorable. Several of the girls wer anxious to read the 2nd book over the summer.

It is a great adventure book and teaches one loyalty and fair play

Martine Battista said...

I must be experiencing Fantasy Overload or something. I had a hard time getting into this book, just as I did the first in the series. Again, I passed it on to students who absolutely loved it. Some friends are already communicating in the "backwards" language that is introduced in the book. I agree with a previous post that the "evil" characters are way more interesting than Chantel. I often found myself rooting for the bad guys. I give it a 3 while my students rate it a 4.5.

Martine Battista
Denair Elementary School Library
Denair, CA

StacyB. said...

Although I was anxiously awaiting Book 2 after reading Chantel's first adventure, I found "Chantel's Quest for the Enchanted Medallion" somewhat disappointing. I would've liked to seen her reunited with Laluna as that seems to be drawn out as well as her desert adventure/battle. At one point it felt she was repeating her actions again and again without advancing the plot. The characters are well developed, from the first novel, but if I started reading from this book, I don't think I would be invested enough to continue with the series. I would rate this book a 3/5 with the overall series still scoring a must-have for your classroom library.