BOOK REVIEW: Button Willow: The Traveler
What if you could travel from one place and immediately appear somewhere else like Philip the Evangelist did? Clues in Ma’ma’s closet unravel a long line of travelers that have existed throughout the centuries. Button Willow, fueled by her imaginativeness, matures into such. The clues include a cave dweller named The Keeper (Earth’s last giant) who was entrusted with the powerful biblical artifacts as well as other important earthly relics. When Father Willow (a man with a photographic memory) releases Mother Willow (once a vibrant archeologist) to investigate the clues of the five sling stones of David, Mother frees The Keeper from a ruthless antiquity dealer, John Mean. But Mother is captured. Button struggles for reality while experiencing traveling and strong imaginativeness, but with visible spiritual intervention she races to save her Mother and the Keeper. Within the Keeper’s cavernous labyrinth, full of artifacts and traps set by him, Button encounters ancient supernatural relics and tools such as: the missing axe and the stick that makes it surface in water, the rope of the tabernacle, ancients forged weaponry of The Keeper’s ancestry, the rock of Horeb, etc., When all factions converge, Button battles Mean and his evil spiritual armada with the principalities and powers of God and her traveling ability. Dismissing her unbelief and gathering her new-found faith, Button wins. Afterward, she whooshes her family home by traveling and they’re left wondering who will be their next captive that they will set free.
Button Willow: The Traveler is a whirlwind of a read. Narrated by a supernatural being, there’s action, the supernatural, biblical references, danger, humor, and imagination. At the turn of a page, the story can shift the reader’s perspective. One is swept from the home of the hero, Button, to the Mediterranean, to different years in history. It’s exciting, fun, and has much packed into its pages, including themes of faith and the spiritual. It’s so much, that it may even be a bit of an effort for some readers to keep it all straight. At times, the book seems almost as if it were a theme park with a message, with the narrator leading the reader from scene to scene, presenting ideas and dazzling with thrills. It’s fun, and you get your ticket’s worth, but you also may get a bit dizzy.
As we may read in the book, “…God is the origin of supernatural power,” and there is certainly much of the supernatural. Faith is important in the story, and the focus is more on the positive, even when dealing with supernatural evil and violence. The dark spirituality and the violence are a concern, and readers should be ready for a character’s possession, fighting, guns, and much danger. The content and the more complicated narrative mean that this may be better for older readers.
For readers ready for the content, Button Willow: The Traveler is exciting and filled with positivity. Dove.org approves it for Ages 12+.
The Dove Take:
Adventure and the supernatural are together in this rapid-paced and entertaining read.