The Pennymores & the Curse of the Invisible Quill
The Pennymores Series, Book 1
by Eric Koester
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Pub Date 25 Apr 2022 | Archive Date 15 Sep 2022
When her brother vanishes in the night, along with all she thought to be true of magic, Parker Pennymore must unmask family secrets, travel far beyond the castle walls, and convince her sisters Quinn and Aven to break a few laws along the way - but what's a hero's journey without a little rebellion?
"We couldn't put it down." - New York Weekly
"Exceptional" and "Filled with heart" - Latin Post
The new fantasy series delighting fans of Harry Potter, Narnia, Percy Jackson, Land of Stories, The Wingfeather Saga, & the Hobbit.
Created first as a bedtime story, The Pennymores explores a world where all writing has been banned for centuries (a setting inspired by the true-life events of Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai). But when an unstoppable enemy returns threatening the destroy their world, the Pennymores must set off on a quest taking them inside hidden mystical realms, confronting ancient challenges, and forcing them to step closer to the heroes they are destined to be.
The Pennymores is a family-friendly quest perfect for middle-grade and young adult readers who love fantasy, mystery, adventure, and magical realism, including dwarves, trolls, elves, talking animals, and powerful wizards. Featuring dynamic, witty, funny, and brave sisters, the book harkens to classic fantasy stories and fairy tales, with its own set of twists and surprises keeping the reader guessing. The Pennymores shares the power of writing, as we uncover an ancient world where magic writers lived in harmony until a great war forced the ancients to ban magic writing forever, and soon anti-writing zealots used force to stop all writing.
This "supernatural adventure story, filled with atmosphere, twists, the sublime and dripping with heart" (New York Weekly) features fast-paced action, surprising twists, spunky, funny, and relatable characters exploring fantastical magic and is perfect for fans of Narnia, The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and more.
A portion of the proceeds of the Pennymores benefits the Malala Fund for children's literacy.
Eric Koester decided to turn a bedtime story with his daughters into a novel, following in the footsteps of JRR Tolkien (Lord of the Rings) and Rick Riorden (Percy Jackson). "Truly the most fun writing project I've ever had," he shared.
This pandemic bedtime story -- The Pennymores & the Curse of the Invisible Quill -- has become a book series reviewed by New York Weekly, Los Angeles Weekly, Latin Post, and more with the first title out in April 2022 (and hopefully more in the series to follow).
You'll find Eric writing nonfiction books (fourth out in Summer 2022), teaching writing at Georgetown and in a writing community, and trying to keep up with a houseful of three daughters in Washington, DC.
A Note From the Publisher
Eric Koester is available for book clubs, giveaways, interviews, workshops, class visits, and readings, and in select scenarios his collaborators (Quinn (7) & Parker(5)) may be able to attend.
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"The Pennymores & the Curse of the Invisible Quill is a supernatural adventure story, filled with atmosphere, twists, the sublime and dripping with heart that fans of classic young adult and middle-grade fantasy stories from Harry Potter to Percy Jackson, and from Narnia to The School of Good & Evil will love." - NY Weekly
"Look out Percy and Harry Potter because the Pennymore siblings are ready for their time. Perfect for any Potterheads, Demigods, Narnia-fans, or Hobbit lovers. Absolutely worth the read! 9.5+ of 10" - Artist Weekly
"A perfect read for middle-grade readers and young adult readers (plus parents will love the delightful quips and subtleties if they read together or read to a younger child). The book has a wonderful ending that'll leave you anxious for the rest of the series. Five Stars." - Latin Post
"An exceptional book that will delight its middle-grade and young adult readers (aged 7 to 14) and will be a guilty pleasure for the rest of us who love fun, magical fantasy stories such as Narnia, Schools of Good & Evil, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson & more." - LA Weekly
Advanced Readers say...
"I really like the book and I am more attached to it then or any other book that I read and I’ll love the attention to detail and how the characters played out like Monty or Aven and every character plays its part in the story as if it was all planned out so I just really love it." (Jack, 10)
"I loved this book! There was a lot of suspense, and I was never bored while reading it. The characters in the story are easy to relate to, and the plot line is extraordinary. I like how the author writes the story to make it feel like you are actually there with the main characters, and you don't really know who your enemies are. I loved it so much that I read it again and again." (Kate, 10)
"Dad has been reading it to our 8-year-old (Audrey) and she is really enjoying it!! She pretends to be a Pennymore."
"I thought this book was a very magical and fun book to read. It seems like there is a set up for more books in the future (which I can't wait to read)." (CeCe, 14)
"It's always wonderful to find a book where line after line, you can feel the writer's love and care for the written word, and The Pennymores is definitely that kind of book." (Malu via Goodreads)
"Full of secrets, adventures, and magic, this book gave me all of the Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, and Percy Jackson adventure book vibes while also serving up strong female leads. Complex characters with distinct personalities, detailed and vivid world-building, and magic you wish was real, The Pennymores hooks you right away, and keeps your attention until the very end." (Rebeca G via Goodreads)
The book features protagonists in the middle-grade and young adult ages (8-14), and readers in the YA and MG categories have loved the story. Additionally, teachers, parents, and librarians have enjoyed this fantasy-adventure story.
The book features 'magic writing', and woven into the book are small nods to writing, storytelling, plots, writing elements, etc. And so complementing the book are story writing materials and a real-world secret writing society (the Plumes) for kids aged 6-14 (and adults who want to learn the craft of story writing) led by award-winning Georgetown professor Eric Koester. More details: https://www.latinpost.com/articles/154323/20220303/the-pennymores-is-a-kid-s-book-building-a-real-world-secret-writing-society.htm
A portion of the proceeds of the book will be donated to the Malala Fund, an international, non-profit organization that advocates for girls' education. It was co-founded by Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate.
- Review: The Pennymores & the Curse of the Invisible Quill - Los Angeles Wire
- Book Cover Reveal
- Book Trailer & Meet the Authors
- The Pennymores Website
- The Pennymores & the Curse of the Invisible Quill by Eric Koester (The Pennymores: Book 1): Book Review - NY Weekly
- ‘The Pennymores’ Is A Kids’ Fantasy Book For A ‘Fahrenheit 451’ World - Artist Weekly
- ‘The Pennymores’ is a Kid’s Book Building a Real-World Secret Writing Society - Latin Post
- The Pennymores and the Curse of the Invisible Quill by Eric Koester – review - LA Weekly
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Oh. Mylanta. This book was SO good. I can’t even!
I loved reading something entirely different from my norm, and found myself immersed in the world and story quite quickly. The worldbuilding was fantastic (and to a level I’ve not seen in some time–really since Harry Potter).
The read was a bit denser than I expected for a middle-grade read–if I can continue with Harry Potter references, it’d probably be on par with Order of the Phoenix. 🙂 I’m surprised it clocks in at under 400 pages! So, I’d say more advanced readers would probably enjoy and have the patience for it. I loved it, and think adults would too, especially fellow fans of HP, Narnia, Lord of the Rings, Fablehaven, and Eragon.
So, so, so good–and I selfishly really hope the authors make an appearance at a local comic-con. 😉
I received an eARC of the book from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
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