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"It's the job that's never started takes longest to finish." - J.R.R. Tolkien
Tears for Fears
Men at Work
Men Without Hats
Star Wars (Episodes V-VI)
Lord of the Rings
The Neverending Story
Star Wars: Clone Wars
Band of Brothers
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
The Chronicles of Narnia
Where the Wild Things Are
The Riftwar Saga
Guardians of the Flame
The Dancing Gods
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- May 30, 2009 6:47 AM My First Comic Book!
Derek Benz and J.S. Lewis grew up together in the American Midwest and were the best of friends. As children they explored the sprawling forest behind Derek's family farm, which they secretly suspected was enchanted, and imagined they were on magical adventures. As they grew older, the lure of these stories continued to fascinate them, and it was these very woodland adventures that inspired Derek and Jon to pen their acclaimed series.
** GREY GRIFFINS CLOCKWORK CHRONICLES: THE BRIMSTONE KEY **
A year ago, the Grey Griffins were just regular kids from Avalon, Minnesota. That was before they learned about the existence of evil faeries, werewolves, and other things that go bump in the night. Now they are monster hunters, celebrated heroes, and allies to the legendary Templar Knights -- but even heroes have to go to school. When the Grey Griffins enroll at Iron Bridge Academy, a school where young recruits are trained in the fight against the forces of evil, they find themselves at the center of a whole new adventure. The Clockwork King, a Templar foe from days past, has returned to finish the plan he set in motion decades ago: a plot to steal the souls of changelings -- humans infused with faerie blood and supernatural abilities -- to power his army of clockwork war machines.
** GREY GRIFFINS BOOK 1: THE REVENGE OF THE SHADOW KING (March 2006)**
Max Sumner and his three best friends, Harley, Ernie, and Natalia -- who form the secret club The Grey Griffins -- seem to be the only people in their very normal Minnesota town to notice that strange things have started to happen. When creatures like goblins and fairies and unicorns, all characters from a card game the Grey Griffins play, begin to make appearances in Max's backyard, Max and his friends know something is terribly wrong. And it's up to them to stop the wicked creatures of the cards from destroying their town -- indeed, their world. A thrilling new legend is born in the first book of the Grey Griffins' magical adventures.
** GREY GRIFFINS BOOK 2: THE RISE OF THE BLACK WOLF (January 2007)**
When Max Sumner and the Grey Griffins (Ernie, Natalia, and Harley) are invited to Lord Sumner's castle in Scotland, they look forward to a relaxing vacation. But things go horribly awry when Max's dad goes missing, and a band of seemingly indestructible werewolves comes after them. Will Max and the Grey Griffins be able to save his father and keep the powerful Spear of Ragnarok from falling into the wicked clutches of Margan LaFey?
** GREY GRIFFINS BOOK 3: THE FALL OF THE TEMPLAR (January 2008)**
Lord Sumner has finally unlocked the secrets to the Spear of Ragnarok, unleashing a power that threatens to bring a second Ice Age. All hope seems lost until the Templar Knights discover Lord Saxon's Diary, and with it, clues that may help them find a relic with the power to stand against the Spear.
Now Max Sumner and the Grey Griffins must join the Templar in a treacherous journey into the Underworld as they hunt for the lost relic and try and save the planet from extinction. But even if they make it through the underground labyrinth, an ageless dragon awaits at the end of their quest. Are they up to the challenge? Find out in the gripping legend of The Fall of the Templar...
Who I'd like to meet:.... Kids (of all ages) who love to read, write, and draw. Teachers, school librarians, public library librarians, booksellers, other authors, parents, and you!
And here are some concept sketches of characters from the Grey Griffins series so you can get to know them!
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