C. J. Milbrandt has always believed in miracles, especially small ones. A lifelong bookworm with a love for fairy tales, far-off lands, and fantasy worlds, CJ began spinning adventures of her own on the advice of a dear friend. Her family-friendly stories mingle humor and whimsy with a dash of danger and a touch of magic.
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My childhood was steeped in mysteries, and I’ve always adored fantasy adventures. Give me quests and riddles, legends and lore, rescues and survival, families and friendships, steampunk and sci-fantasy, slice of life, coming-of-age, and happily ever after. Recent favorites:
[ongoing series, simple chapter books escalating into middlegrade]
Three brothers with a magical inheritance take sibling rivalry to new lengths as they race each other across their homeland.
Galleries of Stone
[completed trilogy, ages 13+]
Of all the world’s treasures, none are more valuable than stone from the Twelve. Children on all four continents are tested for affinity, for the mountains hold magic. But in the foothills of the Gray Mountain, no one remembers stone lore. The majestic Statuary is forgotten, as are the wonders that fill its galleries. Only rumors remain, and those are used to frighten children. For it’s said that a monster lives in the heights.
Freydolf serves as the Gray Mountain’s Keeper. Exiled. Feared. Unwelcome. But necessity drives him into a Flox village to hire a boy to fetch water and tend fires. Tupper Meadowsweet isn’t the cleverest child, but he’s brave enough to follow his new master up top. In the Statuary, Tupper finds hints of faraway lands, diverse races, long histories, unique customs, and danger.