Blackwell first became interested in writing fun children’s books while studying English and psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. After dabbling with short stories geared toward adults, he turned his focus toward writing children’s books, particularly fantasy books for kids.
His debut work, The Enchanted River Race, published in December 2012 by Icasm Press, is an early chapter book / easy reader book targeted at ages six and up. The story follows the adventures of Amy Lorovia and her two friends as they journey down an enchanted river, solving riddles and puzzles along the way, in their village’s annual race. Young readers are sure to enjoy the whimsical story and fast-paced plot.
Blackwell’s second book, released in November 2014, is a beautifully illustrated picture book titled The Boy Who Couldn’t Cry Wolf. The story revolves around Byron Woodward, a six-year-old werewolf who is self-conscious about his inability to howl. The reader follows Byron on his journey to learn how to howl before the full-moon ceremony at the end of the month. Not only is the story fun to read aloud, but it contains an important message about believing in yourself.
His third release, The Missing Alchemist, is the first of two middle grade fantasy books for kids in the Young Alchemist series. The story follows fourteen-year-old alchemy student Craig Pike as he searches for his kidnapped teacher. The second and final book in the Young Alchemist series, The Sacred Artifact, revolves around Craig and Cornelius’s quest to uncover the secrets of a mysterious alchemy artifact. The series is the perfect read for anyone looking for fun fantasy books for kids, especially readers in the middle-school age group.
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