RIP VAN WINKLE and the Pumpkin Lantern

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Chased by a vengeful witch, hunted by an undead corpse, and guided by a secretive preacher, a boy must protect a magical lantern that can either save Boston . . . or destroy it.

In October of 1730, young Rip Van Winkle sneaks into a graveyard and comes face-to-face with the ghost of William Blaxton, the first settler of Boston. Warning Rip that the city is in danger, Blaxton gives him a mysterious gift: a pumpkin lantern with power over life and death. Before fading into midnight, the ghost tells Rip to take the lantern to Feathertop, a mythical pumpkin-headed scarecrow.

Pursued by Mistress Hibbins, a witch of terrifying power, and hunted by the nightmarish Midnight Minister, young Rip must rely on the aid of Jonathan Edwards, a stern and secretive preacher, and Nathaniel, a talkative, know-it-all raven. Guided by the magical light of the lantern, Rip races across New England to find Feathertop, save Boston, and become a most unlikely hero!

From the bestselling, award-winning author Seth Adam Smith comes The Pumpkin Lantern–a fantasy novel influenced by the writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Lloyd Alexander, and C. S. Lewis. Loaded with humor, action, suspense, and fascinating American history, The Pumpkin Lantern is also a poignant fable about faith, family, and the power of life over death.

“Seth Adam Smith is the American C.S. Lewis.” -Charlotte Ashlock, CrazyIdealist.com

“Be warned, Smith has crafted something you won’t want to put down.” -Jason F. Wright, New York Times Bestselling Author.

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Seth Adam Smith is a best-selling, award-winning author and blogger whose writings have been translated into over thirty languages and featured on the Huffington Post, Good Morning America, Fox News, CNN, the Today show, Forbes, and many other news outlets around the world. In 2015, his book “Your Life Isn’t for You” was awarded a gold medal for inspirational memoir.

A survivor of a suicide attempt in 2006, Seth is an advocate for resources and understanding concerning depression and suicide prevention, and he regularly writes about these topics in his books and on his blog. He and his wife, Kim, currently live in Arizona but have “belonging places” throughout the United States. He recently published “Rip Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern,” and is currently working on a series of historical novels set in Colonial America.

In Emilee’s opinion:

I planned to do a spotlight only for RIP Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern but when I received the book in the mail, it smelled like pumpkin (which was probably on purpose) and was packaged in brown wrapping with a cute pumpkin stamp. I was curious and had to start reading. Plus, it felt perfect for the season. I read Marriage isn’t for you by Seth Adam Smith so I was a little familiar with his writing. But, this book was entirely different and I loved it! I also felt connected when I read Seth’s depression story. My significant other has struggled with bipolar depression so I was curious about Smith’s new book, Rip Van Winkle and the pumpkin lantern.

Needless to say, I was hooked from the start. I couldn’t put it down and was finding any spare time I had to read. It started off with a couple named Abigail and Josiah Winkle. Abigail had a dream of a baby and felt that she needed to go to the graveyard. She followed her instincts and found a baby struggling to survive. The baby lives and they name him Rip.  Later, they find that he has special powers, he can talk to plants (fascinating). The Winkles were good people who began to take in children who needed a sense of belonging. I loved each child they took in. They all had their own story and they were saved by the Winkles. I felt sad for the loss that Rip felt during the story. But, then his adventures began and he was given a pumpkin lantern with power over life and death. More characters were introduced and a fantasy novel was created as Rip raced across New England to find the mysterious Feathertop. Will he succeed and be protected? Will he be able to save Boston? The story was fantastic and I felt like I was living in Boston during the 18th century. I definitely recommend this book.

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