Praise for The Shamra Chronicles

Praise from Authors

A splendid journey into a world of intriguingly complex fantasy.

~Richard Matheson, New York Times bestselling author of I am Legend on: Curse of the Shamra

Dara’s mission is very gripping— the adventure and escapes are engrossing…

~Joan Aiken, New York Times bestselling author of The Wolves of Willoughby on Curse of the Shamra

Curse of the Shamra is a wondrous odyssey, abloom with magic and heart. Barry Hoffman’s writing binds spell, takes breath and weaves dreams.

~Richard Christian Matheson, Screen Writer for Stephen King's Battleground for Nightmares and Dreamscapes

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Praise from the Media

Hoffman has brought to life a huge world worth exploring for young girls in search of exciting stories and female empowerment.

~Kirkus on Chaos Unleashed

Strong messages about female empowerment permeate an inventive fantasy.

~Kirkus on Shamra Divided

Hoffman has constructed a world that is just alien enough to intrigue, yet familiar enough to entice. A promising beginning.

~Kirkus on Curse of the Shamra

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Praise From Students

This book shows girls aren’t just girls, and that they can do anything boys can do, possibly better. It inspires girls to not just stand back and watch boys lead but to go ahead and just DO IT.

~Ciara, Springs Ranch Elementary School, Colorado Springs, CO on Curse of the Shamra

I thought Curse of the Shamra was great because it showed that girls can do anything boys can do, and they’re not going to be a maid for the boys.

~Colton, Horizon Middle School, Colorado Springs, CO on Curse of the Shamra

Curse of the Shamra was a good book. It had good adventures and good characters and villains. I also liked that the book had a female leader. I liked Dara because she is brave and not scared to be herself.

~Kathy, Horizon Middle School, Colorado Springs, CO

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Praise From Educators

(We) loved Dara’s story and courage. The embedded messages of empowerment and change really struck home for our small town. I believe many youth will be talking about your Shamra soon and that their small world will be a model for all who cling to the past without looking for the good the future has to offer.

~Vicki Bleak, Title 1 Teacher, Camp Verde Schools on Curse of the Shamra

I absolutely LOVED [Curse of the Shamra]! The whole adventure was very captivating and the whole ‘girl power’ was great! I can’t wait to read the next edition… I do appreciate your work and you have just acquired a new fan!

~Marci Heaton, Educator on Curse of the Shamra

Curse of the Shamra will especially inspire out young women to challenge their fears and greatest obstacles to reach their full leadership potential.

~John Trautwein, Educator, Parjaro Valley Unified School District on Curse of the Shamra

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