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Escape From The Forbidden Planet (Adventures of Caramel Cardamom Book 1) by [Grasso, Julie Anne]
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2013 Winner of the GOLD AWARD for kids books aged 9-12 WISHING SHELF INDEPENDENT BOOK AWARD

Caramel Cinnamon thought the worst day of her life was the day her grandparents, the King and Queen of the Elves of Cardamom went missing. She was wrong! The day she spills sticky toffee syrup onto her father's computer, that's when her worst nightmare begins. She finds herself marooned on a forbidden planet, sent there by an evil clone with a very sticky secret. Caramel is desperate to escape. If she doesn't she will lose her dreams of returning to Cardamom to become a healer like her Mum. Luckily, she has a secret of her own and the lives of her family and friends depend on it!
Suitable for children aged 9-12

What the kid judges had to say: Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards:

‘This is a very fast - paced story which is perfect for me. The characters were good too. I liked Alexander222.’

‘The plot is the best part of this book. Every time I thought the adventure was over, the author put in another twist.’

‘I liked it when an elf was healing. That was best.’

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About the Author

With a background in paediatric nursing, Julie Anne Grasso spent many years literally wrapping children in cotton wool. Every day she witnessed great courage and resilience from the tiny people she cared for, which inspired her to write stories about a little girl elf just like them. She lives in Melbourne Australia with her husband Danny and their little elf Giselle.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 177 pages
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  • Publisher: Julie Anne Grasso (Nov. 28 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009FXC42A
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9f563720) out of 5 stars 75 reviews
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f477d08) out of 5 stars Couldn't finish. Jan. 31 2013
By Spindelay Jacks - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Overall, the characters and plot started out fun and interesting, unfortunately I felt the book was bogged down by overly-descriptive writing. Some of the descriptions are good, especially those pertaining to the planets and gadgets and things you need to visualize for the first time, but the constant descriptions of the character's clothes, hair, objects, and just EVERYTHING (things the character touches or even walks near) well, it just gets terribly annoying.
Also, it seemed like there was a lot of wasted dialogue and plot time spent on information that didn't pertain to anything.
For me, these two things slowed the plot down enough, that sadly, I did not care to read on.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fcf2804) out of 5 stars Exciting Adventure Story! Dec 20 2012
By This Kid Reviews Books - Published on
Format: Paperback
Caramel, an elf, can't wait to visit her friend, Jemm, who lives in the tree tops on their planet, Cardamom. As she is visiting her friend, Caramel spots a weird being in the fields down below that quickly vanishes. When Caramel gets back from her trip, she takes the Elvin Ability Tests to see what job she will get when she grows up. Caramel really wants to be a healer like her mother but she's already shown signs that she can be a tree tender. Things are going pretty well for Caramel until the day her Grandparents, the King and Queen of the Elves of Cardamom were kidnapped by the strange being Caramel saw in the fields. The evil being took the King and Queen to its ship and sent Caramel and her parents to EARTH, the forbidden planet! Caramel must use all of her abilities to escape from the forbidden planet, rescue her grandparents and stop the aliens robbing Cardamom!

This was an exciting book! It wasn't a very long book, but it really kept my interest. Ms. Grasso described the world of Cardamom really well. The plot was unique because it combined elves, aliens, technology and chocolate cake. ;) The cover art on the book was great too (illustrated by David Blackwell). Caramel was an awesome heroine that I think girls and boys will really like. She was true to what she believed in, loyal, brave and kind to her friends. I am looking forward to the second book in the series! The book was a clean read so it would be great for young advanced readers.
**NOTE I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fb2e9b4) out of 5 stars A great mix of fun and adventure Nov. 11 2012
By SJJM - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
What do you get when you mix elves, aliens and sugar? You get 'Escape From the Forbidden Planet'.

Caramel (such a delicious name for a character) is a young mind-reading elf who is on the verge of an important and exciting phase of her life. All is going well, she has a great family (royal actually), great friends and she is nervously looking forward to sitting her EATS (Elvin Ability Tests). Will she follow her dreams and become a healer? Or will she become a tree tender? Or maybe, she could be gifted enough to try for both.

I'm not one for spoilers, so the plot is secret :) and I'm not going to tell you too much about it (you'll need to read it yourself). Let's just say there are some cranky little aliens who have very different selfish plans, and they have a huge impact on our hero Caramel and her family.

Cardamom elves are very keen on 'sticky date and chocolate cake with caramel cardamom syrup'. This sweet obsession leads to an exciting discovery that has a huge impact on life of the cranky aliens, Caramel and all of the elfin folk. This is a fun story that takes the reader on a journey to many wonderful settings. From the lush rainforests of planet Cardamom to the Alien's HQ, and the surrounds of the mysterious forbidden planet.

Helped out by some new friends, Caramel must call upon her unique abilities to right the wrongs of the sneaky aliens and set everything straight. This story has plenty of interesting twists, tasty turns and an action-filled climax.

Given that the heroine is a spirited young elf, I'd imagine that young girls would love this story. Once my daughter is a little older and ready for chapter books, I'll be happy to give her this one to read. I'm sure that she will enjoy it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa15f4510) out of 5 stars Escape From The Forbidden Planet--by Julie Anne Grasso Jan. 8 2013
By Michael Santolini - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This book has it all: Elves, evil clones, intergalactic travel, adventure, techie talk,science talk, the battle of good vs. evil and tons of food and dessert references that will make your mouth water while you read.

This book is about Elfin world that has a natural resource that other planets in the galaxy are after. The Elf people are betrayed by someone close to them so that they can gain power by selling the elf planets natural resource to beings of another planet called the Alexanders. From there adventure ensues for the main character Caramel Cinnamon. Caramel is left for dead on a forbidden planet. She tries to work her magic as only elves can to heal and to speak telepathically to others. Caramel has to go through many obstacles to help her in the evil fight against the Alexanders as she tries to save her planet...Will justice be restored or will the Alexanders of the galaxy take over reign of the Elfin planet? ... read and find out what happens in the adventures of Caramel Cinnamon.

This book is great for kids and adults alike. I enjoyed it because it had a great plot and it kept me wanting to read more as I got further into the story. I loved the sci-fi feel mixed with the fantasy world of elves that love their desserts. Julie Anne Grasso seems to take from her career of healing(nursing) and her husbands career of computer engineering and swirled them together with technology, science,elves and caramel to create this delicious book. It's part geeky, part science, and part fun, all brought together to become this awesome book called Escape From The Forbidden Planet. I would recommend this book to reading age kids and adults who like sci-fi kids books.
Definitely something different. I really enjoyed reading it!

I was given this book as a gift from the author for review. All my comments are my own and I was not paid for this review.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f159204) out of 5 stars Review of 'Escape from the Forbidden Planet' Jan. 5 2013
By E. Mackinney - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
When Caramel finds herself kidnapped and then stranded on the forbidden planet of earth, she has to find a way to escape in order to restore her grandfather as the ruler of the planet Cardamom. But the odds aren't in her favor, even if she can read minds. A sinister clone race from the planet Isqwartz will do anything to retain control of the cardamom crop from Caramel's home world now that they have discovered that it holds the secret of a new energy source. Will Caramel and her new friends be able to overcome their adversaries and find the way back to her home planet and freedom?

As a first book by Julie Ann Grasso, 'Escape from the Forbidden Planet' will appeal to children who like fantasy or science fiction. Although there are some proofreading issues here and there and it's a little slow in the beginning, kids will still enjoy the world of technologically advanced elves that Julie has created in this adventure, and they'll be able to look forward to the next book in the series.