Saturday, October 15, 2011

Radio Interview and Book Review For Walking Through Walls by Karen Cioffi

Listen to the interview with Karen today at 7pm EST on Stories From Unknown Authors She will also be offering a giveaway. Rules: Readers must follow me through GFC here and follow Karen at   and leave a comment. Giveaway lasts until beginning of November.

Karen Cioffi is an author and ghostwriter. Her new MG/YA fantasy book, Walking Through Walls, is based on an ancient Chinese tale.

Walking Through Walls is a tale that teaches readers that when we help others our lives feel more complete than when we just think of our own needs.

Wang was a 12 year-old boy who longed to be an Eternal. An Eternal was someone who possessed great power and who helped others, they were selfless people. Wang was a selfish boy and wanted power and wealth for himself, and he knew that he wouldn’t get that by slaving his days away in a field farming like his father. Many people in Wang’s village, including his family, tried to persuade Wang to forget his dream in becoming an Eternal and realize that his place was right with his family, but he refused to listen. After having a dream of an amazing red dragon with silver streaks throughout his long lean body, Wang decided to go into the mountains and find the Eternals to make his own destiny. He felt it was a sign.

The journey was long and treacherous. When he came to the point of doubting his decision, there it was, an amazing temple tucked high into the mountains.  Wang was pleased when he discovered that there were indeed Eternals. The people of his village doubted their existence. Wang had become an apprentice of the Eternal living there, along with other children who wanted to help their families and villages. For a year Wang had finished whatever he was told to do. He worked hard, but he had never learned one bit of magic in all that time.

Wang was greatly disappointed, he wanted to become wealthy and was no closer to his goal then he was when he had arrived a year ago, or at least he thought. Before Wang gave up to go back home, he begged the Eternal to teach him some magic. He did. Wang had learned to walk through walls. Eager with this knowledge, Wang wanted to start on his path to riches, but will it be as rewarding as he thought?

This story was based off a Chinese folktale. The back of the book contains brief information about history and life in China, as well as questions to enhance reading and activities for readers to participate in. Readers who love folktales will also enjoy this 61 page one.

Every folktale has some type of moral, this one does as well. Wang knew right from wrong, and when he was put to the test and had to choose between his own selfish needs and the needs of others, that was where he found his true strength. Riches and wealth could not top that and he finally knew which path he had to take. Readers can relate to the dilemma and relish in the solution. Children will be able to learn from Wang’s emotions and trials, seeing things in their lives a little more clearly.

The book should be available through online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and book stores by July 15, 2011. 

You can also order Walking Through Walls today at:
To learn more about Walking Through Walls and check out some reviews visit:  

To find out more about Karen and her books visit:
Please be sure to stop by Deb Hockenberry ( on July 5th for the next stop on the Walking Through Walls Tour.  
Title: Walking Through Walls 
Author: Karen Cioffi
Illustrator: Aidana Willow Raven
Genre: MG/Tween/YA
ISBN: 978-0-9826594-7-2
Publication Date: July 2011
Pages: 61
Price: $14.99 paperback
Publisher: 4RV Publishing


  1. Renee,

    Thank you so much for a wonderful review and for being a part of my book tour!


    Karen Cioffi Writing and Marketing

  2. Your welcome!I'm glad you like it. Good luck on the rest of your tour.

  3. This review should make people want to have their own copy. It's interesting to adults, too.


  4. This books sounds so interesting and I'm looking forward to its release! ";o)

  5. Excellent review of an excellent book. I wish you continued success with your tour, Karen.

    kathy stemke
    Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep

  6. Thank you everyone for commenting on Karen's new book. I'm glad all of you were able to stop by.

  7. I thought the book sounded interesting just from the blurb. The review makes it sound like something some of my students may like! I have to check it out.

  8. Super-duper review Karen. Reviews like this sell books - YEA!!

    Margot’s Magic Carpet
    Kids Books With a WOW Factor!

  9. This book sounds like an excellent one that even I would want to read along with my kids. My daughter really loves dragons so I know she would love the cover as well as the story.

  10. Vivian, I've had so many wonderful reviews so far - adults do like the book.

    Beth, thank you for your support!

    Kathy, thank you, and back at ya!

    Kelly, thanks so much and I hope you do check it out!

  11. I truly found illustrating 'Walking Through Walls' a wonderful experience. I got to do research into a time and culture I hadn't had the opportunity to learn about before.

    If anybody would like a further look at the book (if you're not enticed enough yet), featuring a few of the illustrations, check out the book's trailer on YouTube:


    Aidana WillowRaven

  12. Thanks, Rene, for hosting Karen on her tour and thanks for posting a most interesting review. Kelly, I'm sure most students will enjoy the book. If you followed Karen's tour yesterday you will see that she read The Last Shard as a basis for the voice in this book. It is interesting to note that Karen chose a Chinese folk tale to rewrite. Hope you all will check it out. E :)

    Ma America, The Travelin' Maven (Elysabeth Eldering)
    Author of the JGDS, 50-state, mystery, trivia series

    Where will the adventure take you next?

  13. Sounds like a great book. Can't wait to read it. Good luck Karen with your July tour. Lots of hard work, but well worth it.

  14. Very nice review.

    The book sounds like a good one and the arwork is gorgeous. It's on my TBR list.

    Congratulations on a lovely book, Karen.

  15. Great review. Congrats on your new release, Karen.


  16. I know I stopped by yesterday and thanked everyone for stopping by. I don't see my comment here though.

    Okay, one more time:

    Thanks Vivian, I think Walking Through Walls is a book all ages will find interesting.

    Beth, thank you so much; your support is appreciated!

    Kathy, Back at ya!

    Kelly, Thanks so much. I hope you get a chance to check it out!

  17. Wow, I'm so thrilled to see so many comments!

    Margot - I have my fingers crossed!

    Harley, Thank you so much. Aidana was on the mark with the book cover.

    Aidana, thanks for stopping by and leaving the link to the book trailer.

    Eylsabeth, thanks so much for the kind words. I think the Chinese tale struck me because of the time period, when respect and honor matter.

    Virginia, thanks so much for stopping by. And, yes, it's a lot of work!

    Beverly, thanks for stopping by. And, yes Aidana did amazing work on this book. If you get it I hope you enjoy it. I'd love to know what you think of it.

    Cheryl, thanks so much for stopping by. Renee wrote a wonderful review.

  18. This sounds wonderful!! I can't wait to pick up a copy. I love re-tellings of old stories. Classic themes are always a winner. :-)

  19. Vanessa, Thanks so much for your support! I hope you enjoy it!

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