I read Lindsey and the Jedgar—twice—and
then bought two copies, one for my grandchildren in England and
one for my grandchildren in California. The older kids in England
breezed through it and loved it. The younger kids? Their mom and
dad took turns reading it out loud at bedtime, to the delight
of the kids and (an added bonus) to the pleasure of their parents.
Rare to find a children's book that parents can enjoy as well!
Robert Blair Kaiser, Newsweek
correspondent and Author of RFK Must Die
and A Church in Search of Itself
When it comes to bringing Shakespeare to life,
Lindsey and her gorillas are tops!
Gaby Ford, CEO Ford Entertainment
and Creative Director The English Theater of Rome
Literary enthusiasm ricocheted throughout the
cafeteria while Elizabeth Wahn recited from portions of her book,
Lindsey and the Jedgar. One hundred
and twenty of our sixth and seventh grade students were well-primed
for the book's theme, as Ms. Wahn's provided excerpts from the
book which the students read in their English classes prior to
her visit. Even with the immediate draw of the story's poetic
and Shakespearean influence on the main characters' adventures,
Ms. Wahn's personal reading and explanation of Lindsey's tale
brought the story more to life for our students. Some of the students
had already obtained copies, so were eager to ask more probing
questions of the story and her thought process for choosing the
theme. "Why did people have to recite poems to enter the
Island of Elsinore?" and "What inspired her to use Shakespeare
so strongly in her book?" Not only were they interested in
the story, but how she put together the book topics themselves.
Many students remained to speak with Ms. Wahn at her book display
following the presentation, also to purchase a copy and have it
inscribed with a personal touch by the author herself. Months
following her visit when I asked students in a 7th grade English
class one boy stated, "it was interesting to see the person
who actually wrote the book and how she created the plot of adventure
in the new world." One girl said, "it inspired you if
you were thinking about being a writer."
In the months following her visit, Ms. Wahn has been in communication
with the school to follow up for additional book signing, offering
to meet with students or teachers to discuss literature or theater
in their classes, and has been a warm individual with whom to
work. I highly recommend Ms. Wahn sharing her love, enthusiasm
and joy Lindsey and the Jedgar with
students in other schools.
Sarah Ellyson, American Overseas School of Rome,
Middle School Coordinator
Having bought Lindsey and the Jedgar
for my niece, I decided to read it before giving it to her, and
as a scientist, I was particularly delighted to notice that Hayflick
Theory is mentioned in the story. Hayflick's number
(a normal cultured human cell has a limited and predetermined
number of times it can divide) is one of the main theories on
aging and aging is indeed very special on Pensioners' Paradise.
Impressive, the author certainly did her homework and not
just about Shakespeare!
Lindsey and the Jedgar is a delightful
book, engaging to read and I had more than one late night doing
so. A good author writes a book on many levels and this book has
something for everyone. So if you like a good adventure, this
is for you. My compliments to the author!
Dr. Andrea Stoler, Cell Biologist
Our predominantly British Club is accustomed
to high quality guest speakers, so I was extremely pleased when
Elizabeth Wahn accepted my invitation to address the membership
at one of our luncheon meetings. Her topic, “Shakespeare
for Kids” was great fun indeed. This playful little lady
had even our stodgiest members popping out of their seats to recite
Shakespeare—and when she finished, they rushed to buy copies
for their children or grandchildren.
Mary Handley, President, Commonwealth
Children, of course, want fun adventure stories.
Teachers expect kids to read challenging books, keep their minds
active and growing. Parents are concerned about what values the
books transmit. Amazingly, Lindsey and the Jedgar
would be on all three reading lists!
Nancy Galan Haydel, Class Mother Istituto
On a recent visit, I took a copy of Lindsey
and the Jedgar to my eight-year-old grandson Alex
with the intention of reading it aloud to him while I was there.
It was a big hit with him and he kept begging me to read more,
which I didn't always have time to do. Then, to my astonishment
given his young age, he started reading it all by himself, kept
me posted on what was happening in the story and finished the
whole book. An unforgettable sharing experience!
Joan Westley, College Professor
Ahhh, the courage to write a tale that can be included in the
“once upon a time-and they all lived happily ever after”
genre. It takes not only what I consider courage of the true sort
but a deep passion for life and belief in the future as well!
I appreciate the skill of your pen in taking us on a wonderful
visit to other worlds.
Pat Manson, passionate reader (especially
of books by people and for people who wisely realize that the
kingdom of God is for children! And their guardian angels.)
Lindsey and the Jedgar
was wonderful. For a bit I was surprised by Rose's role as the
plot neared the climax. I had begun to speculate that her sister
would be the principal female player at the ending, that she would
swoon with the memory of first love and put aside her excesses,
or something like that. No, sweet Rose stepped in and stole the
show. Hurrah for her. It is a fun read for children of all ages.
Edward Keller (Foreign Trade Executive)
Parting was such sweet sorrow when wrapping up,
Lindsey and the Jedgar. In this tale
of surprises, Elizabeth Wahn, takes us on a roller-coaster ride
of adventure. Her passion for Shakespeare weaves its way, delightfully,
throughout this captivating story. The Coffee Toffee Taffy Tavern,
Tiglons, Gorbots and Mount Cinderella are just, piccoli spuntini,
little snippets of the fun that lies within, for both children
and adults alike. Yes, even 'The Oldies' will enjoy Lindsey's
discoveries as they devour each new chapter. Beautifully sprinkled
within, are Wahn's declarations. Little gems such as, 'Perfume
is like wearing a poem.' Leaving her readers to conclude that
her creativity is like perfume sprayed poetry on every page. Thank