A Magical Adventure You Don't Want to Miss Reading: THINGS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM

What would you do if a pigeon started talking to you? Would you think you were going crazy? Would you run? Or, would you hear him out? Remember, Things Are Not What They Seem!

Book Blub:

What would you do if you were sitting on a park bench, minding your own business, and one of those annoying pigeons suddenly started to talk to you? And what if the pigeon didn’t just talk to you – in a meticulous British accent, no less – but pleaded with you to help untangle a piece of string that had accidentally attached his leg to a wrought iron fence? And what if, while you are still convinced that this is all a big nasty trick, a hawk swoops down out of the sky and starts cursing at you, also in the King’s English, for getting in his way when he wanted to execute the pigeon? 

That is the quandary in which 13 year old Jennifer  finds herself one sweltering July morning while babysitting her 11-year-old brother James and his allergy-prone friend Sleepy. She soon learns that the bird is actually a man named Arthur Whitehair, a 19th-century Englishman who had been turned into an eternally-lived pigeon by misreading an ancient spell that was supposed to give him eternal life as a human. Likewise, an unscrupulous colleague of his, named Malman, had been turned into a hawk by Whitehair’s blunder. After years of searching, Whitehair claims (half-truthfully) that Malman has found him hiding in Central Park and is now out for revenge. On top of all this strange business, Jennifer has recently begun having weird dreams in which a crazy-looking man with curly red hair speaks cryptic phrases in Latin. Are they random phrases, or messages? And why would some sketchy guy be sending her messages in her dreams?

This is a fantastic and fun read that even the most reluctant reader will enjoy. I found it hard to put down once I started reading. The characters, compassionate and fun loving, are so well developed they stay with you as friends long after you've read their story, and the plot is downright intriguing. I'm not the only one who thinks this, here are a few excerpts from other reviewers:

“Things Are Not What They Seem is a wonderful story featuring a stellar cast of well-developed and relatable characters, which merges fantasy, magic, and time-travel with poignant lessons about friendship, compassion, and loyalty. I highly recommend this fast-paced, funny, and charming story for tweens, teens, and even adults. Ages 8+.” 
Renee, Mother and Daughter Reviews, February 20, 2015.
“Hop aboard this fantasy adventure train and meet unlikely heroes, the amazing Mr. Bags, visit a museum and discover just what the talking pigeon is hiding and why the hawk REALLY wants him! While you’re at it, discover loyalty to friends and family, acts of kindness and how some pretty awesome parents handle what they do not understand! Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks have taken the city they love and turned it into a huge canvas for a rapid-fire and fun read filled with humor, mystery, caring and daring. Read it to your children; let them read it to you, there is no age limit on good reading!”  
Dianne Bylo, Tometender Blog, June 15, 2015.

Meet the Writing Team

Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks first started writing books together while Anne was a student at Bryn Mawr College and Ken was a student at Haverford College—a long time ago, when, as their children like to say, dinosaurs roamed the earth. 


In 1973, they came to live in New York City while Ken attended law school at Columbia University and Anne worked as an editor in publishing.  They wrote their first novel together in 1976, hoping that it would be a success and Ken would not have to even start working as a lawyer.  Alas, that book is still in on the upper shelf of their closet, but they kept at the writing business.  In 1984, they published Theft of the Shroud, a novel, through Banbury books, distributed by Putnam.  That same year they also published a series of 10 books based on the most popular boy’s and girl’s names, and a book about the stars for children.  At this time, Ken stopped practicing law for two years as they devoted themselves fulltime to writing and their children.  However, children need to eat and be clothed and go to school, and these things all cost money, so Ken went back to practicing law.  Still, they continued to write, and rewrite, and rewrite some more.

Their efforts have produced Things Are Not What They Seem (Tween fantasy) MuseItUp Publishing 2014 as well as two other middle reader novels, Stone Faces and Brownstone Faces, that will be published in the near future, also by MuseItUp.

In the realm of books for adults, Ken and Anne are the authors of Weave A Murderous Web, (Mystery) Melange Books, LLC (2016); Praise Her, Praise Diana, (Adult thriller) Melange Books LLC,  2014,  and Kate and the Kid, winner of a Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal for social issues (Adult mainstream) Wings ePress 2013. Anne and Ken have also self-published two small-format photography books, which are available on the Apple iBookstore – Hearts (no flowers) Signs of Love in the Gritty City and Picture Stones.

Don't miss this book!

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