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Over the Sea: Cj's First Notebook [Paperback]

Sherwood Smith
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Dec 1 2007
When Sherwood Smith was eight years old, a girl named Clair walked into her dreams, bringing hints of a world where girls could adventure, live on their own, and best of all, didn't have to grow up.

Clair traveled about looking for girls who needed a home. She even came to Earth, where she found CJ, who did not fit. CJ found herself not only taken to another world to live, but she became the princess -- Clair's "left hand splat." One of her jobs as princess was to write down their records. Another was to serve as leader for the girls when Clair was busy learning to become queen. The girls had jobs too, as they discovered villains who thought it their business to take a kingdom away from a mere girl. From the shadowy Kwenz, a powerful mage with a very wicked past, to the usurper Glotulae and her son Prince Jonnicake, who in their ridiculous way were just as determined to boot Clair out, there were plenty of chances for adventure. And mystery, like why did kids from other times and worlds show up every now and then?

These are the early stories -- how Clair found her gang of girls, and how "the M girls" developed the fine art of the Duel to the Pie.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Pan for girls Jan. 21 2008
Format:Paperback
In a prequel of sorts to her awesome book 'Senrid' we learn the stories behind the Mearsies Heili girls. How they came to that world and what exciting adventures they get to have. CJ the main character is a young earth girl who just doesn't fit in. When she meets Clair and travels to the medieval like world of Sartorias-deles she finally finds her home amongst other girls who didn't fit in. It is a Peter Pan for girls story that will become a classic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended March 24 2008
By Ancamna - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
CJ, a girl who doesn't feel like she fits on Earth, is found by Clair, a girl from the world of Sartorias-deles, and brought to live with a gang of girls who never grow up. The narrator, CJ, is a fun character and someone I'd love to be friends with. As she learns about the girls and their world, we learn with her. Soon they become embroiled in world politics, and their kids' view brings a fresh outlook to dangerous circumstances.

Someone told me that this is the girl's answer to Peter Pan. And it is, but it's more than that. It's about growing up without aging, about finding a family of friends, about loyalty, adventure, and learning to have fun in even danger. It's about finding a world that fits you instead of being forced to fit the world you were born in.

These are girls I would love to have as my gang of friends. Read the beginning of their story, as CJ begins the chronicles of their adventures.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very fun Dec 20 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Like "Senrid," I think this story will appeal more to tweens and teens than adults--which is not to say that adults won't enjoy it. It's that the kid heroes deal with their problems in very kid-like ways. I did enjoy that the characters found clever ways to beat back the bad guys without using deadly force.

Incidentally, we learn in this book how to pronounce many of the unpronounceable names also used in "Senrid," but I wouldn't say reading "Over the Sea" otherwise made understanding "Senrid" easier.

This book is less polished than "Crown Duel," but the writing is good and the story is much easier to follow than in "Senrid." The pacing was good, the world building was very good, and the characters were very fun and interesting.

Incidentally, this book is really a series of sequential short stories about the adventures of the same characters (like a TV series) rather than a traditional novel. It's not problem, just an observation.

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4.0 out of 5 stars one word: unique May 11 2014
By abjad1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a great book. It's unique: I've never read a book like it. If you've read other books by sherwood smith for example inda (that's one of the few other books I've read by Sherwood Smith (though not for much longer) so I'm going to use it as an example) don't expect to be that way. Inda is about a land of politics and war wirh a very comlex plot. It's a very good book as well but in a different way. This book is about a girl who didnt fit in in her world but discovered another where she could be herself, and chose to stay there. it doesnt have many twists and turns and is like a collection of stories on cj and her friends written by Cj. i think this book is especially aimed for kids, since it shows freedom, things kids can do that adults cannot a least according to the norm. you shouldnt always focus on growing older or one day youll end up looking back and realise you were so focused on doing that that you didnt enjoy the freedom you had then. although really i think it has something for people of all ages. and last of all because maybe itll help covince you of the beauty and uniqueness of this book its my favourite.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not written for an adult audience. June 2 2012
By Mel Lyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the first of a series about some children who like Peter Pan refuse to grow up. Unfortunately some of these children rule countries. Armed with the moral superiority of the young and ignorant they defend their country and beliefs in their juvenile way. (Think Home Alone.) Fortunately the adult villains of their world are worse bumblers even than they are. (Again think Home Alone.) Like that movie these books may be enjoyable to a child but from an adult perspective I find them tedious and annoying. CJ is a brat who is convinced that kids are morally superior to all adults no matter what bad decisions they make. Unsurprisingly these stories written when Sherwood Smith was a child herself are not up to the standard of her books written as an adult. I am only reading them to get the background to understand the book Senrid. I am also hoping to find out who the mysterious 4 boys who appeared in Once a Princess are.
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