Pearline, if you’re reading this, the world’s clock is ticking very fast, and time is running out. It’s up to you and those like you to save our world!
Twelve-and-a-half-year-old PJ Profitt’s life is complicated enough. She faces ridicule from class bullies, is burdened with an obnoxious younger brother, and has a dad who’s checked out of their relationship. Then a mysterious letter is placed in her hand, warning that time is running out for her world and telling her she’s been chosen to save it. Friends disappear and her family is threatened as she faces a powerful force that manifests itself in darkness, the dark deeds of evil men, and creeping shadows. PJ is whisked away to where answers come in dreams and time travel, beloved animal friends fight by her side, and an eccentric neighbor and Peruvian shaman serve as her guides.
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“Loved it! Miller has created a world that is both vivid and imaginative. The descriptions of PJ’s travels through time and space are captivating, and I found myself lost in the story as she discovered more about her role in saving the world. The way she weaves in different cultures and spiritual practices, like the Peruvian shaman, added another layer of depth to the story. It’s a fun, adventurous, and thought-provoking read that will leave you feeling inspired.” Read full review from Kelley Lacey, Reedsy Reviewer
“Tween readers will relate to the schoolroom bullying, sibling rivalry, friendship dynamics, and desire to be special and valued, but will wait impatiently for PJ’s destiny to finally be revealed, and for resolution of the cryptic clues that keep their secrets hidden until the last quarter of the book.” Read Full Review from Booklife Review
“The novel’s prose is skilled and evocative, and PJ’s sensitivities, especially, feel genuine. The story’s encouragement of environmental stewardship is admirable, with the consequences of ecological damage described in intermittent, stand-alone chapter endings.” BlueInk Review
“Libraries and teen readers looking for stories that go beyond time travel adventure alone to embrace underlying concerns of environmental activism, friendship and family relationships, and struggles with empowerment will find all these features come to life in A Dispelling of Darkness.” Read full review from D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
“Joyce Miller’s intriguing story tells a fantastic tale about how the youth of the world, empowered with knowledge and innocence, can influence world leaders to act now to improve the future. This thoroughly enjoyable read has an underlying message of hope.” Allynn Riggs, award-winning author of The Stone’s Blade Series