“Author Nan McAdam bring the mystical world of Mim to life in the third book of Charlie Kadabra. Nan weaves the reader into the story with the enchantment of her storytelling, transporting them into the latest conflict threating Mim and Charlie’s loved ones. The story holds the reader’s attention, making it nearly impossible to put down. I read the book in one setting. Needless to say nothing else got done during this time.” ~ Sue Raymond
“Talented Author, Nan McAdam’s story, Invasion of the Soul-Eater in Mim, takes Charlie Kadabra, Fen, and Galzra the dragon on an adventure to save the land of magic named Mim. Ms. McAdam’s Mim series will engage readers young and not so young.” ~ Kathryn Daugherty
“Once again Nan McAdam and Charlie Kadabra have captured the essence of magic and lead us on an unforgettable journey. This book will keep your child interested in reading and allow them to use their imagination. Nan’s use of words and descriptions have you actually “seeing” the characters and engrossing you in the story. My grandson has read the previous two Charlie Kadabra books and was lost in the stories; he’s NOT a big reader. I highly recommend this wonderful book!” ~ Sheila Middleton
“Wow, fabulously written. Nan McAdam’s 3rd book in her Charlie Kadabra saga Invasion of the Soul Eater in Mim is another great thrilling read. Fantastic fun for families to read together, or for kids to enjoy reading independently.” ~ Sandy Russell
Secret Key of Mim
5 Stars –Nan McAdam has done it again!
Nan McAdam has done it again! This is a WONDERFUL book. She has the ability to write so you actually visualize each and every character as well as the places they visit. You find yourself right in the middle of the adventures and battles. Very well done, Nan. Looking forward to your next book! ~ Sheila Middleton
5 Stars – A Great Adventure!
From beginning to end, this story was a delightful read. I was instantly drawn into it with its strong and whimsical characters. Full of fun and adventure, it takes the reader through the many lessons and emotions of life, demonstrating the importance of compassion, determination and hope! Enjoy! ~ Pat Dolton
5 Stars –A great tale of fantasy!!!
As a retired educator I so enjoyed the way Nan tied together the mystical world of magicians and fantasy with the school setting. It was a delightful read and think readers of all ages would find it most enjoyable! This is the first book I have read that Nan has written and found it to be well done! ~ Joyce Knock
5 Stars –A great book for any age
A great book for any age! I love the adventure Charlie goes on and how the author takes you from one adventure into another seamlessly. Thank you for another great book! ~ Wendy Siefken
5 Stars – Charlie Kadabra’s Adventures Continue
In this delightful follow up to Saving Mim, Charlie Kadabara and his friends set out to solve the disappearance of Charlie’s parents. The cast of characters is vibrant and vivid, and the plot is exciting and imaginative. The world Nan McAdams has created is a very original blend of magic and fantasy that reminds me of Piers Anthony’s best work. If you’re a fan of dragons, magic, elves, trolls, Christmas, yetis and giant talking rabbits (and who isn’t?) you will love this book. ~ Steve Alcorn
Charlie Kadabra invites the reader’s imagination to climb on Galzra’s scaly back for another adventure of twists and turns in “The Secret Key of Mim.” We catch up with the young magician and his flop-eared furry companion, Fen, as they join his Grandfather to unravel the mysterious disappearance of Charlie’s parents and friend. The transition from the original story of Charlie’s self-discovery to full-on identity as the “last of the magicians” is a seamless turn of the last chapter’s page to the next. The reader feels part of Charlie’s growing circle of family and friends, anxiously anticipating his next heroic move. You won’t believe who is Charlie’s newest family member! Nan McAdam sprinkles a whole lot of delightful imagination with a touch of wisdom giving hint to Charlie’s maturing self. Once again, Nan offers a magical break from everyday life for your must-read list. ~ Robin Fossum
on April 19, 2015
5 out of 5 Stars Great Fantasy for all ages
on April 12, 2015
5 out of 5 Stars A great story for kids and adults
on March 28, 2015
5 out of 5 Stars A Very Impressive Start to an Exciting Series
on March 27, 2015
5 out of 5 Stars Charlie Kadabra Last of the Magicians by Nan McAdam is a great read for readers 10 through adult
on March 18, 2015
5 out of 5 Stars I really enjoyed Saving Mim
on March 3, 2015
5 out of 5 Stars Fun and Enchanting!
on March 2, 2015
5 out of 5 Stars A Wonderfully Magical Journey
on March 1, 2015
5 out of 5 Stars Delightful story for all
on March 1, 2015
5 out of 5 Stars I would recommend this book for all to read
on February 23, 2015
5 out of 5 Stars Adventure and excitement as Charlie and Fen save Mim!!
on February 16, 2015
5 out of 5 Stars Fun, fantasy, and real depth
on February 12, 2015
5 out of 5 Stars Great job, Nan McAdam
on February 12, 2015
5 out of 5 Stars Excellent
on February 11, 2015
5 out of 5 Stars GREAT ADVENTURE
on February 10, 2015
5 out of 5 Stars Wonderful Adventure!!
on February 8, 2015
Taking this adventure with Charlie through the Lands of Mim, I was able to feel, taste, and smell all of the wonderment it had to offer. The intriguing prose used to describe Mim with have readers delighted and turning pages as fast as they can to experience what comes next. Even though Mim is a magical place, Charlie still has some very Earthly emotions to deal with, everything a “tween” can make a connection to and grow through the internal struggles with him. All in all, this book has everything it needs to capture the hearts and minds of tweens, while providing the messages parents want their children to hear.Bravo, Nan! Hands down 5 stars!
Jes, Mom of Ainsley, “Wizard of Art”
Quinn, ” Fae of Levity”
and Remy, “Dragon Whisperer”
Blogger Reviews for Saving Mim:
June 30, 2015
Saving Mim was a great middle grade read for me. I had some much fun putting myself in the perspective of a child. I felt free to make any mistake I could. Magic is one of my favorite topic’s to read about, so I knew that I would be hooked. it kind of remained me of Harry Potter with the similar qualities that was being portrayed. A part of me didn’t mind and then another part did. The characters were all so playful and so enjoyable. I had a blast reading it to my younger sister who was 5 and she could not stop asking me to read more to her. McAdam’s can capture readers from all ages and sizes to her great m/g book that I was shocked I found myself turning the pages so fast to see what might happen next or what might change. I cannot wait to read more books from this series’s and even by the author. You have a such a great talent and I cannot wait to see where the future hold for you Ms. McAdam.
April 7, 2015
As an 11 year old independent reviewer, I rate Saving Mim with 4 fangs. Saving Mim is about an orphan child named Charlie. In Saving Mom, Charlie learns that he is destine to save the magical world of Mim along with a rabbit named Fenek, a dragon named Galzra and a fairy girl named Emily and many more friends. Read the book to find out if Chalie and his friends can defeat the evil Dr. Pi who is using robots to kill the world of Mim.
March 28, 2015
This is a cute fun story. I enjoyed it and can’t wait to see what happens next to Charlie Kadabra. Please enjoy it with your child.
March 22, 2015
I enjoyed Saving Mim. It was a fun adventures will magical and mythical creatures will great lessons in the story. My favorite line is “The power of a bully thinks he has is given to him by the person he is bullying” (page 111). This is an important lesson to convey to the young readers because bullying has become an epidemic and kids and adults need to know that bullies only stop when you stand up to them. The story of a young man who discovers that he is much more important than he thinks reminds me of the Percy Jackson series. Saving Mim is a wonderful adventure story and I look forward to read more adventures of Charlie in the magical land of Mim.
March 15, 2015
This is the type of book I think my sixth graders will love. They will be able to relate to Charlie in so many ways. In this book they will take a journey with Charlie through the halls of school into a fantasy world. They will find a hero they ca root for. I am definitely looking forward to the second book in this series.
November 5, 2014
By: Judge 82
22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
Given the demographics revealing a dramatic rise in the number of seniors, especially the “old-old” or those well beyond the usual retirement age, this book can help many readers cope with the responsibilities and problems which come with caring for an elderly parent. The well-organized book provides a compelling amount of sensible advice on how to stay organized, loving and sane while caring for aged parents who may require more attention than initially realized. Key subjects cover when to get involved, when to go to the doctor about a parent, dealing with medications, home maintenance issues, achieving a reasonable communication pattern, expectation of excessive time and attention, dealing with odd habits, etc. Other significant sections cover financial issues including power of attorney, wills and trusts, bills and expenditures. Driving a car and when to take the keys away is a critical subject as are falls/accidents. Hospital stays and serious medical issues such as Alzheimer’s/ dementia, assisted living, hospices and burial issues are candidly discussed. Selling a home also comes into play. The writing is practical and down to earth with good subheads within chapters. Personal experiences embellish many subjects.
March 28, 2014
When you want advice on a healthcare topic, it’s natural to turn to a physician or other clinical professional. But it can also be enlightening to get a “second opinion” from a layperson – someone without the credentials, but with the insight that can only come from personal experience.
That’s the perspective that Nan McAdam brings to her book, Surviving the Stress of Your Parents’ Old Age: How to Stay Organized, Loving & Sane While Caring for Them.
McAdam has plenty of real-life experience to draw from. Finding yourself as one of those caregivers can be a lonely and bewildering experience. The questions McAdam asks and the insight she offers are not limited to side effects. The book also tackles what is perhaps the most difficult part of care giving: Dealing with personality changes in loved ones that can make them hostile, cruel or indifferent to the heroic efforts of their caregivers.
An important part of [one of the] chapters is about the need for caregivers to detect burnout in their own lives and to take care of themselves with the same devotion they show their loved ones.
But it can be a companion on a journey that is both personal and being taken by millions of our peers. “Care giving is a beautiful gift to give to someone who is in need,” McAdam told us. “It’s a gift that can come with a heavy price for the caregiver.” All the more reason to have company along for the ride.
5.0 out of 5 stars The essential book for a caregiver
November 7, 2013
By Elisabeth Hallett (Hamilton, MT USA)
This is THE essential book for anyone involved with care giving. It is comprehensive in scope – nothing is left out. Because the author has “been there,” her words carry the weight of experience and the glow of real empathy. She doesn’t sugarcoat the stressful years of care giving. She lets you know that your loved one may not respond to your care giving with love and gratitude. He or she may be angry and hostile; there may be no emotional reward. Somehow McAdam balances the hard, exhausting realities with a compassion that feels so authentic. There is a wealth of practical advice about the financial and legal ramifications of taking over when the elder can no longer manage, plus checklists on how to recognize increasing need for support and when to step in. If I were back in the situation of dealing with my parents’ old age, this is the book I wish I’d had. Highly recommended!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great advice on dealing with the stresses of elder care, October 21, 2013
By Mizuki Matsuoka(Virginia Beach, VA USA)
A very well written book on some of the stressors of elder care. The author writes from her perspective and experiences, keeping the book informative and interesting. I liked how the book struck a good balance between advice on taking care of your loved ones and advice for taking care of yourself and your family. Some good tips to get you ahead of the game as a caregiver, and some great tips to help keep your sanity!
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!,October 20, 2013
By Cathy Anderson(Tower, MN USA)
This is an excellent book for anyone who is or will become a caretaker for the elderly. The author writes intimately of her personal journey in taking care of the elderly people in her life. Her story is warm, interesting, and very informative. This book is written in a progressive order covering elder care situations from medications to funeral arrangements. Throughout the book there are many helpful resources, websites and checklists. I highly recommend this book as a good read and a valuable resource.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great resource for this stage of family life
October 30, 2013
By Robin Fossum(Aloha, OR USA)
“Surviving the Stress of Your Parents’ Old Age” is both a story and a resource manual for any family negotiating the challenges often associated with this life stage. “Mom, You’re Making Me Crazy” was a powerful chapter, driving home the reality of the nightmare care giving can be. By giving us this view of her world, McAdam effectively engages readers facing this future. With gritty candor, she courageously shares the raw truth of her journey toward personal empowerment, compelled by desperation, loyalty and love. With the ensuing chapters, McAdam’s extensive homework results in a wealth of insight and resources, enabling her readers to become well equipped for making informed decisions in advance of the impending life changes connected with this family system life stage. My siblings, living halfway across the country from me, are on the front lines of care for our aging Mother. “Surviving the Stress of Your Parents’ Old Age” provides a hands-on tool as they negotiate the dynamic nature of Mom’s care needs. Likewise, it offers insights that help me understand the critical role I can play encouraging my brothers while offering ways I can be involved in Mom’s daily care from my long-distance position. Everyone on this journey of aging will find McAdam’s reader-friendly handbook a must-have in their family care preparedness resource kit.
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical elder-care advice that will keep you sane and help you care for the ones you love!, November 23, 2013
By Deanna Weeda(Creston, IA USA)
The author gives a personal and real-world account of her experiences with the elders in her life. She details each situation, how she and her family went about making choices in the best interests of the elder member and the research she did to help make these decisions. Those resources she shares in the book to help others make their own decision for their loved ones. This book isn’t some over-educated person with no hands-on experience giving their “advice”.
Most of all this is a sincere recount offered by someone who really cares and want to help others because she places a great value on the well being of her loved ones. Well done!
5 of 5 Stars Non-ficiton Book Review November 26, 2013
By James W. Pixley (Corona, CA USA)
I wish I had this book while I was dealing with both my parents, particularly my mother, in their last years! Nan offers great insight that comes from her own hands-on experience along with her widening knowledge of the very issues, problems and almost impossible situations we, as care-givers, face. The worst advice I have ever heard, I think, would be “Expect the unexpected.” That has never made sense to me! I would much rather be as prepared as possible for potential or likely situations. With Nan’s help, a lot of agony, grief and angst can be saved. I can strongly and enthusiastically recommend Nan McAdam’s book!