Journey to Jumbalot

A glowing doorway. A lost friend. Will one loyal pet turn out to be the hero of the hour?

Alby the housecat has no desire for adventure. Rescued from the street by the kindly Professor Wizoom, he’s grateful to be safe and lazy. But when his master vanishes through a magical door, the scaredy cat summons what little courage he has and races in after him.

Stuck in a strange land of mixed-together animals, Alby teams up with an irritating froguar to locate his missing owner. But when he’s mistaken for a spy, the lonely feline finds himself caught in a war between wolvaraptor pirates and noble tigeroon knights!

Can the timid feline conquer his worries in time to save the day?

Journey to Jumbalot is an award-winning, action-packed middle grade fantasy novel. If you like talking animals, daring deeds, and enchanted worlds, then you’ll love Ryan Wakefield’s illustrated quest.

Buy Journey to Jumbalot to learn to be brave today!

Meet Ryan Wakefield

Ryan Wakefield has worked primarily as a graphic artist for the last 20 years, but he always dreamt about creating a fantasy world young readers can escape to. Since grade school, he was fascinated with animal hybrids. He loved the idea of blending two or three animals together to create a magnificent new species. This fascination and his love for fantasy inspired him to fulfill his lifelong dream to breathe life into a new world young readers can explore – Jumbalot.

He’s also the proud co-parent of a silly pug named Lily, and a sometimes difficult feline named Rocky. The book’s protagonist, Alby, is based on Ryan’s first pet: an oversized black and white housecat named Albert. The only thing larger than Albert’s appetite was his heart and he is sorely missed. Also, the character of Queen Lola was based on his wife’s first pug named Lola. Sadly, Lola recently succumbed to poor health and will also be deeply missed.

Ryan and his wife encourage everyone to open their hearts and their homes to adoptable pets.

The Daylight

Tommy inherited a broken legacy. His great-grandfather was to blame for the derailing of a train–The Daylight–which took over one hundred lives. But, Tommy doesn’t believe this infamy is the whole story, and he has made it his goal to solve the mystery. But, how far will he go in the past, and what will he lose to find the truth?

Meet Kristofor Hellmeister

Kristofor Hellmeister is an alien—a legal alien who was born in Canada and now lives near Atlanta, Georgia. He lives with his wife, Kristie, and son Maddox. He enjoys hiking, running, playing golf, watching the New England Patriots, and playing Halo on Legendary. He enjoys reading science fiction, fantasy, the occasional romance, military thrillers, and historical fiction. He is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature and has been writing since he was six.

The Courageous Fantastic Heroic Valiant Mighty Sensational Gallant (and Hypoallergenic) Rubberband Boy: Part B

“If I get eaten alive by a plant, I’ll never forgive you,” Dave said.
“If you get eaten alive by a plant, I’ll have a new reason not to eat salad,” John replied.
“You were supposed to say something sweet and reassuring!” Dave hissed.
“And you were supposed to take a bath this morning, but you don’t hear me complaining,” John said.
“I couldn’t find my rubber ducky!” Dave exclaimed.

It’s the thrilling conclusion to Part A of The Courageous Fantastic Heroic Valiant Mighty Sensational Gallant (and Hypoallergenic) Rubberband Boy! John and Dave discover that their missing classmates are being held captive by an ancient and powerful tree witch named the Poison Queen, who is looking to absorb their life force so that she can wreak havoc upon the world! Without a moment’s hesitation (after a five-minute breather from their exhausting trek) Rubberband Boy and Clip Kid bound into action! But how can our heroes possibly stage a rescue when they have to contend with dozens of eight-foot-tall killer plants, a walking pair of scissors who can slice right through John’s rubber bands, a sheet of human loose leaf paper who can match Rubberband Boy stretch for stretch, and a rock monster who may or may not be wearing underpants?! Perhaps with an assist from the newest hero on the block, the Glorious Glue Girl!

Can John and Dave put aside their fear of cooties, and work together with this mysterious new stranger to put a stop to the Poison Queen’s scheme and save their friends, or will Rubberband Boy finally snap under the pressure?

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The Courageous Fantastic Heroic Valiant Mighty Sensational Gallant (and Hypoallergenic) Rubberband Boy: Part A


“The point is this: the enemy is real, and he is upon us! He has come to conquer us! He has come to vanquish us! He has come to take our women, to take our children—”“We don’t have women!”“Or children!”“… He has come to storm our castles, to pillage our keeps!” John continued. “He intends to slaughter our livestock! To burn our houses to the ground—”“We’re in fifth grade, none of us own houses!”It has been months since John and Dave have heard from the secret government agency known as the Division Opposing and Obstructing Diabolical Insidious Evil (a.k.a. D.O.O.D.I.E.). So, what are two fledgling heroes to do to pass the time? How about a nice leisurely class trip to the park? Wait, did we say leisurely? Hahahaha! And boy, have they stepped in it this time. For this is no ordinary walk in the park. This is the Contest of Classes!, the contest to end all contests and determine which fifth grade class reigns supreme! Ohrno Elementary will have the battle of its life on its hands, as John and Dave try to match wits, strength, and more than a little bit of luck against Ohryeah Elementary and its leaders, the fearsome Bully Bros.—three neanderthalic meanies who may be something more than they appear. As things go from bad to worse, will John regain the resolve that made him Rubberband Boy in the first place, or will he lose it all? Rubberband Boy finally returns with more laughs and adventure than you can handle! Oh yes, and mucus. Lots and lots of mucus. Because Dave has allergies. And no more tissues.