KP Book Review: The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic

“On a dark night in a dense forest, while the great wide wonder of the stormy sea threatened to burst through the trees and swallow her up, a girl lost her hat.”

With this sentence, The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic opens. Jennifer Trafton uses this sentence to grab hold of you and thrust you into a story with unforgettable adventure, unique characters, and chapter titles clever enough to be stories all on their own.mountmajestic

What sort of a name is Smudge? To ten-year-old Persimmony, a girl living a boring life on the Island at the Center of Everything, it is a name that could never be remembered as brave or heroic. Which is unfortunate, because those are the qualities Persimmony Smudge would like to possess.

The loss of her hat, though seemingly unimportant, sets Persimmony on quite an unexpected expedition. Something is odd about Mount Majestic, the mountain lying in the center of the island. Unlike most mountains that stand mightily and perfectly still, this one breathes.

The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic is meant for an eight to twelve-year-old age range, but I also recommend this book to teenagers and adults—for its storyline as well as the way it is written. Anyone who enjoys or wants to write children’s literature should read this story. It is one of those books that will fill you with childlike wonder—especially its descriptions that allow your imagination to take flight. As a writer, observing Trafton’s stylistic techniques and storytelling model will improve your own writing.

This story also contains little gems of truth: “Who puts words of truth into the strings of a Lyre? Perhaps there are some things that we are not meant to understand. Without a few mysteries and a few giants, life would be a very small thing after all.” (Page 256) As a Christian, Jennifer Trafton’s worldview boldly comes through, and those simple quotes and character’s thoughts are where Truth lies.

If you are looking for a story with playful characters and surprising events, you might want to consider The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic, and who knows, you just might discover a few giants along the way.

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Christine Eaton is a student at Providence Christian College who loves stories and hopes to publish children’s books. Wearing flip-flops in December, frequenting the beach, and taking every opportunity to visit Disneyland, Christine relishes living in sunny Southern California. She can usually be found happily sipping tea, memorizing lines from the latest play she is a part of, caving into her addiction to chocolate, writing encouraging snail mail, or listening to music, which is usually something folky like Andrew Peterson or the Gray Havens, or some Broadway musical (and rarely anything landing between those two categories.) Art is one of her largest passions, and her walls are covered in her sketches and paintings. Christine yearns to use her skills to glorify God by illustrating and writing her own children’s books that will teach children more about Jesus. Some of her favorite authors include A.S. Peterson, Francine Rivers, Louisa May Alcott, and Andrew Peterson. She is so thankful for the opportunity to manage Kingdom Pen’s social media accounts and help out around the Kingdom wherever she can. From the encouragement, enthusiastic young Christian writers, and her fellow staff members, KP holds a huge place in her heart and she is excited about encouraging young writers to write well and glorify God through their writing.
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  1. Great book review! I don’t read much children’s fiction, but I may have to check this out.

  2. *adds to the growing list of books I really should read*

  3. I legit gasped when I saw this review go up. This was our family’s read-aloud in June. O.o
    -vigorous nodding- Very good book, yes. One of my favorite quotes, too.

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