Hearing voices when no one is talking to you is a bad sign right?
When twelve year old Tyler follows the calls of his name into the burnt-out house on the roundabout, and finds a golden lizard called Midas, his luck appears to have changed for the better.
Tyler and his mother struggle financially and often supplement their meager income by selling things they find in dumpsters. Although poor, they have a close and loving relationship. All of this changes when Tyler meets Midas, a lizard who eats gold and communicates through his thoughts. Suddenly, Tyler has money, but Midas begins to change, becoming more and more demanding. This clever middle-grade story reminds us that money cannot buy happiness and that things are not always as they seem.
The story is unique and engaging and stresses the importance of relationships with others while downplaying the importance of money and material things. It could be a good lesson for kids, but it is not a typical feel-good story.
I think the cover should be redone as it does not have the potential to attract readers when they are scrolling through millions of titles on Amazon. The cover needs to pop. A professional illustration of Midas the lizard as he is described in the book would make a great cover. This book also needs another edit for typos, grammar, and spacing issues.
I received a free copy of this book via Zooloo’s Book Tours. My review is voluntary and my opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alan Meredith lives in sleepy West Sussex with his wife and two children. He relocated there after suffering a psychosis back in 2000. Writing stories was a childhood love that he lost as he mistakenly believed that imagination had no place in the grown up world.
He likes taking reality and weaving fantastical elements into it. Alan’s writing reflects his belief that life is a journey of highs and lows and the idea that ‘life should be fair’ is an unrealistic expectation to give anyone, especially kids. If you are looking for the sugar coated ‘Happy Ever After’ you have come to the wrong place.