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Publisher: Centerpunch Press
Release Date: April 2003
ISBN: 0-9724882-0-0
Awards: Writer’s Digest National Book Contest Award Winner
Format Reviewed: Paperback
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Genre: Children Fiction
Reviewer: Melissa Brown
Reviewer Notes:

Swords for Hire
Two of the Most Unlikely Heroes You'll Ever Meet
By Will Allen 

     Paul Allen did the children’s book community a huge favor by resurrecting his brother’s manuscript, Swords for Hire. When 22-year-old Will Allen’s life was taken by melanoma, he left behind an amazing legacy—his writing! Written 23 years ago, Swords for Hire is the first of Will’s books to be published.

     This engaging tale of a missing king, a misfit royal soldier, and a coming-of-age farm boy is absolutely delightful. When Sam Hatcher and Rigby Skeet embark on their journey through the kingdom of Parmall to rescue King Olive, they have no idea what’s in store for them. After escaping from insidious “royal” guards, consulting with a “sorcerer,” and defeating the horrifying Boneman, Sam and Rigby help King Olive escape the dungeon he has been held captive in for three years. After returning to the palace, King Olive reclaims his throne from his evil brother and Sam falls in love with a stunning spitfire who later becomes his wife.

      The perfect balance of adventure and humor in this book makes it hard to believe that such a young man could write such a complete novel. The book is divided into short chapters, making it simple for young children to read.

     Combine this with lively characters and a descriptive setting and the recipe for a great children’s book is complete! The story is fast-paced and easy to read, making it a joy for both parents and children.

     After reading Will Allen’s first published book, you’ll be wishing for more.

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