About the author: Sam Smith lives with his wife and four kids in West Virginia, because it would be weird to live with someone else’s wife and four kids in West Virginia, or anywhere else, right?

Sam is the author of the middle-grade adventure fantasy novels, The Green Ember, The Black Star of Kingston, and Ember Falls (The Green Ember: Book II).

Sam is a soccer dad, defying the critics who insist it’s “Communist Kickball.” While not being a Communist, he enjoys connecting with his kids over the Bible, literature, music, free-market soccer, and that noise where you put your hand under your armpit and flap it like a chicken.

His beautiful wife, Gina, is the heroic heart of their home and is spectacularly tolerant of soccer and strange, guffaw-inducing noises.

The information above has been copied from Sam’s personal website.




Great quotes: “Growing up is wonderful. But often it’s also wonderfully terrible.”

“A teacher could become rich if he ever perfected the art of helping mature students unlearn many awful things.”

A brief description about the traitor in the story. “He began to think less about the grand cause and more about his place in it. He thought less of how he worked to serve King Jupiter and more about what he had accomplished.” This quote reminded me about what happens to Christians when they begin to focus on themselves and their own performance, commonly known as legalism.

Book Synopsis: Father’s stories have always been interesting and fantastic. But the story about King Jupiter was different, and father couldn’t tell it without tears welling in his eyes. This story was personal. A mysterious story and a mysterious stranger, what does all of this mean? Heather was confused, and a little frightened.

Within hours the great woods were under attack, Heather’s home was burning and she found herself separated from her brother Picket. Both of them were being chased by vicious wolves. It was not long before they were rescued by their Uncle Wilfred and a white rabbit named Smalls. Nothing was the same, Heather and Picket were changed. They found safety in a place called Mended Wood. Many rabbits had found community and tranquility in the Mended Wood, an amazing place. This new comfort could not resolve the reality that the two young rabbits did not know the whereabouts of their father, mother, and baby brother Jacks.

There was much to learn at the Mended Wood, not all of it was pleasant. Picket had to face his worst enemy, himself. These new circumstance caused Picket to become bitter at nearly everyone, it was obvious to everyone. The Green Ember concludes with a traitor, a magnificent battle, and a small victory. The tale includes concepts such as community, love, trust, faith, hope, and forgiveness. Ironic really, the age old battle between wolves and rabbits, in reality, we all know the rabbits don’t stand a chance. But it was fun to read about the courage and tenacity of the rabbits in this story.

This book was fun to read, I enjoyed it. It is a children’s book, but it is a book that can be enjoyed and loved by anyone. Read it for your own pleasure or read it to your children, but read it. I bought the kindle version for only 2.99. You can barely buy a cheeseburger for that price. Pack a lunch one day this week, and then buy The Green Ember!