Elle Burton and the Reflective Portals

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Elle Burton and the Reflective Portals Book 1 in the “Lessons from Fiori” Series
Reader’s Favorite Award Finalist – 2018

 By Peggy M. McAloon
and Anneka Rogers

Elle Burton is an ordinary kid…or so she thinks. On her tenth birthday, she encounters Eunie Mae, a tiny, fairy-like being who comes from a world called Fiori. She begins a journey that leads her from this world into another dimension. She will travel through reflective portals where creatures called Fiorins influence human life.  Other than some children under the age of eight, the only human beings who can see Fiorins are guides—people chosen by the Fiorins to help protect the children of Earth.

Working as a guide seems like the opportunity of a lifetime. Elle loves helping others. Now she’ll have magical assistance to accomplish her goals. But not everybody wants her to succeed. There are evil forces that do everything in their power to keep the guides from offering support to those in need.

Join her as she enlists the Fiorin warrior Amadeus and others to help her protect the human children against bullying and physical abuse.

The children at risk Elle encounters are dependent on her decisions and quick responses.  Travel with her to Fiori and discover magical foot-lockers, spider elevators, and the beloved Pegasus.

Join her journey on the crusade to protect the world’s children.  Her journey to adulthood begins as she completes the three challenges, predicted centuries ago.  She is a modern-day role model who embodies everything that is good in this world. Will she be strong enough to combat the problems children face in the 21st Century?


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  • Character Development: 5 out of 5
Plot Development: 5 out of 5
Flow of Plot: 5 out of 5
Overall rating: 5 out of 5
A line in the book that stood out to the reviewer
Some things are more magical that we can even imagine.
Elle Burton and the Reflective Portals is about a 10-year-old girl name Elle whose life drastically changes. Elle has several life-altering events within hours of each other on her 10th birthday. She meets a Fiorin named Eunie May and learns she is a guide, a person destined to help Fiorins and to help children throughout her life.
Elle faces the death of a loved one, bullying, abuse, abduction, sickness of a loved one and adults taking advantage of others. The story is relevant to issues that today’s children face and written in a way that could allow parents to initiate discussions with their children about what they are dealing with. The author also has a discussion sheet that can be used by parents to help them through these discussions with their children.
Elle shows kindness and compassion to all, even those who don’t seem like they deserve it. With the help of magical beings, Elle learns that people react to things in different ways, and just because someone is being cruel, it doesn’t mean that they are evil or truly unkind. Sometimes it just means that they need a friend, and the Fiorins show her how to be that friend. She also learns that not all adults are good.
The magic in this book is things we would all wish for, and Elle is the heroine we all wish we could be. It is written with children in mind, so the style is simple, yet spellbinding. It is definitely something I would recommend to parents of school-age children.
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Elle Burton and the Reflective Portals Reviewed By Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite-5Stars

Elle Burton and the Reflective Portals: Lessons from Fiori Book 1 by Peggy M McAloon and Anneka Rogers is an enchanting and fantastical story of Elle, a ten-year-old girl who has this rare gift to see fairy-like Fiorins. Elle’s father is in Afghanistan, and she lives with her mother, who is expecting a baby.

Elle learns that she has been chosen as a guide by Fiorins, who are tiny winged creatures that help to protect young children on Earth when her younger brother is born. As the story progresses, readers see Elle taking on new challenges and getting involved in protecting a child from an abusive father, helping an overweight girl, and many other instances where she feels others need her help..

Kindness – Enchantment – Magic

Elle Burton and the Reflective Portals is a story of kindness, enchantment, and magic, and the author weaves the fantasy elements along with life lessons through this whimsical story. The author touches on topics that are relevant when it comes to the struggles faced by children, and readers get to see the protagonist, Elle, dealing with all sorts of issues.

The exquisite use of language tones down the harshness of death, bullying, etc. and the whimsy in the tale will help young readers enjoy the story as they turn the pages. All the characters are lovable, and the monsters and magical creatures add to the fantasy element. Elle Burton’s character will inspire children to follow their passions in life.

Wanting More

I like the way the author tackles different issues, thereby giving many layers to the plot. The messages conveyed in the story are profound and uplifting, and they will encourage and motivate children to rise above their potential during difficult times so that they can make a difference to this world. Yes, like everyone else, I am waiting for the next book to learn more about Elle’s journey.

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