Book Reviews

What early readers are saying about the Tales by Moons-light book series…


Reviews for Frankie and the Gift of Fantasy

“…Unpredictable, fun, and action-packed, Frankie and the Gift of Fantasy is a gift that is hard to put down, highly recommended beyond the advanced elementary to middle grade readers it is likely to reach.”
— Diane Donovan, Editor, Midwest Book Review

…Frankie and the Gift of Fantasy is a rousing science fiction adventure—truly edifying entertainment.”
— Peter Dabbene, Foreword Reviews

“Where was this book when I was a kid? I enjoyed reading this story from every angle possible. It was witty and thought-provoking, it was wonderful all around. I will be buying this book in hardcover to read to my 9 year-old, and to my future kids when they get here as well. I don’t normally read Middle-grade books but I am SO glad that I read this one!”
— Ashley Green, NetGalley reviewer

“A dazzling adventure into the reaches of inner and outer space. A wonderful, valuable read for children!”
— Angelica Kaner, PhD., Psychologist/Psychoanalyst, New Haven, CT

“An eye-opening and heart-warming story of a boy who discovers his strengths. An imaginative, fantastical rite of passage.”
— Leslie Lange, Soccer Mom, Ventura, CA

“I think this is a great fantasy that would appeal to both boys and girls, and I definitely will add this title to my classroom library. I’m excited to read the next books in the series!”
— Shauna Wojta, NetGalley reviewer

“My daughter and I loved Frankie and the Gift of Fantasy! We got lost in the world of Urth and Frankie’s journey of self-discovery. We watched him spin stories and imagine worlds. Along the way Frankie evolves to use his imagination to be helpful, even selfless. We loved how Frankie found so many ways to use his imagination to overcome obstacles. By the end of the story, he learned that caring for others is just as important as caring for yourself.”
— Lisa G, Nebraska

“A gloriously inventive and profoundly sensitive adventure story of how young Frankie learns responsibility, compassion, empathy and, primarily, courage. Courage can certainly mean bravery in the face of physical danger. But it can also mean self-knowledge and an honest understanding of other people, with all their eccentricities, hopes and fears.”
— Isabella Knight, Actor

“A welcome new voice in children’s literature, Dr. Ruthy Ballard has conjured a magical potion of fantasy and science that delights and educates. Frankie and the Gift of Fantasy is captivating and oh so charming with its real boy and his escape/adventure to the creative, liberating plant of Urth. I can’t wait for the rest of the series!”
— Cindy Conger, JustWrite Communications

“Finally, an author who helps us understand that we sculpt society to meet the needs of our children and not the other way around. This work is a heart-warming journey of growth, understanding, and celebration!”
— Melissa Schlenker, MS, Middle School Counselor, Sacramento CA

“Entertaining and intriguing! This book is so good you can’t put it down. I finished it in one night! If you love adventures, you’ll love this book.”
— Paige, age 11, grade 6

“If you are a Harry Potter fan, you are going to love this book! It is the most creative adventure story I have read in a long, long time. Even after I finished the book, I couldn’t stop thinking about the characters and story. It really makes you think. I can’t wait for the next book to come out!”
— Hana, age 11, grade 6

Reviews for Tales by Moons-light:
Stories from before the Great Melt

“Ballard’s writing is stellar. Her tales unfold seamlessly with inventive, imaginative plots and a creative cast of characters, both human and animal.”
— BlueInk Review

“Ballard’s fables have a fairy-tale quality that taps into the timeless magic of once upon a time, while blending science with fantasy. With their timeless quality, these short stories remind children of the power of wit, agility, and scientific reasoning while stimulating their creative faculties. She is a pioneer of children’s literature. I highly recommend this book!”
— Alanna Wright, Founder, Academic Goals (tutoring company), Santa Barbara, CA

“Ballard’s fantastical collection of stories blends elements of fairy tale, fable, and sci-fi for a strikingly imaginative feat of storytelling.”
Ranked 10 out of 10 in all categories!
BookLife Prize

“In each story, children face a diverse set of challenges that spark them to find their inner power, whether it be courage, a voice, problem-solving, or the rescue of another. Each story provides a different scenario that is as compelling written as the last.”
— Midwest Book Review