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  • By Melody Humphrey
    Oct 15, 2009
    "New Reads Underground Review" Review of Mon-Ton: The Old Man and His Treasure, by Vance Bell When young Bowdean follows home a notoriously strange and secretive old man his life is never the same again, as this man begins training him for a dangerous quest to seek out his greatest treasure. During this quest Bowdean befriends Elves and a Unicorn, faces over-sized Lizards, Trolls and Dragons. One thing is sure: the treasure is not what he expected. Written in a unique fairy tale style, one feels as though they are a child sitting in bed or around a campfire, listening to a story teller weave a fantastical and adventurous tale. It could also be likened to a video-game quest, with obstacles that must be overcome and rules that must be followed, one at a time, before the quest can continue. If someone wanted to read a quest-like video game, this is how I would picture it being written. If you give this unique writing style a chance, the story will draw you in, but it also... More > has moments where you wish you knew just a little more. - New Reads Underground< Less
  • By Vance Bell
    Oct 11, 2009
    This was a reply to a review. Learn more here. "Re: New Reads Underground Review" I want to thank you for a Great Review of ‘Mon-Ton: The Old Man and His Treasure’ I would also like to let you and the readers know that some of the “moments where you wish you knew just a little more” are revealed in the second book of the Mon-Ton story. ‘Mon-Ton: The Quest to Misty Island’ which has now been released for sale to the public. However, I would also warn everyone that some new “moments where you wish you knew just a little more” will be found in the second book and not be revealed until the third book of the Mon-Ton story. ‘Mon-Ton: The Return to Mon-Ton’ will be for sale in early 2010. Vance Bell
  • By Holly Christine
    Sep 23, 2009
    "Imaginative world for children" From Examiner: Mon Ton: The Old Man and his Treasure is a children’s book by Vance Bell. Set in a small village that rests in the shadow of the Mon Ton Mountain, Bell introduces us to a magical world, rich with imagination. Bowdean recently turned eighteen, and for some reason, he can’t get the Old Man out of his head. He’s expected to become a man now and he’s confused. He finds himself drawn to the Old Man (whom no one really knows). In fact, he remembers the day the Old Man spoke to him. His mother was taken aback. The Old Man rarely spoke. Bowdean decides to follow his instincts and attempts to discover more about this strange man. Haigan, the Old Man, informs Bowdean that it is his destiny to go on a quest. He trains Bowdean on the tasks that he must complete and informs him of the many scrolls written in the old language that are crucial to the completion of the quest. The quest forces Bowdean to become a man as he is challenged... More > physically and mentally. As the Old Man says, “For some people, using their brain can be harder than using their body.” The Old Man and his Treasure is the first in the Mon Ton trilogy. I would recommend Bell’s work for reading to young children (age 4-6). I’m sure that an older child would find interest in the story, but if they were to read it themselves, might get lost in some of the descriptions, particularly the descriptions of action. That said, Bell has definitely crafted an imaginative world of magic and charm for children to dream.< Less
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Product Details

Large Print
Vance Bell
August 28, 2009
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.8 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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