What People are saying about Claudia and Smudge's Mark...
"If you're looking for adventure, battles, and excitement, give this book a try!"
"Claudia is a gifted, original - and funny - writer. Her characters are winning, the worlds that she creates are sensually compelling and distinct, and her plot is a fantastic puzzle."
"...layer upon layer, we learn of all the dark places: all the things that are at stake and by then we realize that while we weren't paying attention, Osmond has somehow - magically? - made us care... The book does not try to be either Harry Potter or Coraline, but young readers who enjoyed those books are likely to respond to elements of Osmond's debut novel."
"In Smudge's Mark, debut novelist Claudia Osmond, skillfully weaves together several popular and well-loved elements of the fantasy genre with unique facets of her own, resulting in an altogether fascinating read... Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading a story from a new and remarkable Canadian talent. I am eagerly awaiting Claudia's next work because it's stories like hers that remind me just why I can't get my head out of the children's section of a bookstore. Fantastic story, I highly recommend it!"
This was a wonderful read! The characters are genuine and the story is gripping. I recommend to both children and adults who enjoy a story with adventure, comedy, myth, fantastical worlds and of course, loveable orphans :P
"That was an awesome book. Loved it. The way it ended left me wanting more. I hope there is another one on the way."
"I finished your book, it was fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed it and now can't wait for the next one to come out ... I spent many a late night reading your book and am now catching up on my sleep."
"Smudge's Mark= awesome. I loved the book!! You are a great story-teller. I am recommending it to everyone I know."
"I liked this book because it had so many surprises and twists and turns. The book was great. I thought that the end hinted a sequel. Can you somehow ... tell if there's going to be a sequel or not? Of course, you could also keep it a secret but seriously the suspense of not knowing will cause a couple of sleepless nights. Anyway... A really great book."
"You are now one of my new favorite authors!"
"I ABSOLUTLY LOVE THIS BOOK!
"... This is a great and richly detailed story that pulls you in from the first sentence until you're on the edge of your seat biting your nails as you reach the epic conclusion."
"I loved this book... The author did an excellent job of keeping the twists and turns coming..."
"This is a perfectly crafted fantasy tale for ages nine and up. In the same vein as Harry Potter or the Lord of the Rings this book is filled with action, mystery, adventure and great plotlines."
"Apparently my twelve-year old counterpart has a crush on a boy named Smudge (Simon Mugford).
"Younger readers may enjoy this exciting fantasy adventure and Osmond makes it easy to imagine the world of Emogen."
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