J.A. McPhail

A Most Remarkable Hat

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Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
(9 customer reviews)

A Most Remarkable Hat (Book I of the Trinity Tales of Tresia)

All her life Winifred Dalen has heard fantastic stories passed down from her grandmother and aunt about a mysterious universe and a secret family gift. But are the stories real?

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A Most Remarkable Hat (Book I of the Trinity Tales of Tresia)

Before the beginning of Time, they were Three in One. From the empty expanse of space they spoke into existence the Realms of Tresia; a home, but no family. So they created children. 

All her life Winifred Dalen has heard fantastic stories passed down from her grandmother and aunt about a mysterious universe and a secret family gift. But are the stories real? Now that Winny has turned twelve, it’s time for her to choose to believe or not. If she accepts them as truth, Winny has been told she will begin an amazing and magical journey. But she will also face wicked adversaries who want to steal her gift and keep her from the final destination. Who, or what, will win her heart and mind? And how can Winny fight an evil enemy alone, especially when she can’t even conquer her own schoolwork?

To help her decide what to do, Winny enlists two faithful companions; her sometimes too brilliant friend, Vince, and Ginny, her talented and semi-mystic Samoyed dog.

When Rita moves next door to Vince, Winny soon realizes that this girl revels in making her jealous. Rita stalks them, determined to discover why Vince and Winny keep sneaking off alone to look for some strange gift. But would following them be more dangerous than Rita could imagine?

However, none of it matters because in the Dalen family, before the journey can begin, each daughter must discover the gift for herself. And Winny still hasn’t found it.

Book is also available through Amazon and BN or ask for it wherever books are sold. The ebook version of this book can be ordered through Amazon.


Praise for Book I

“Book I of Trinity Tales of Tresia is as accurate an allegory of spiritual things as I have ever read. Ms. McPhail has melded fantasy and scriptural truth into an alloy that depicts eternal realities for readers both young and not-so-young.” —Sheryl Riggs, Office Manager, Len Mink Ministries

“McPhail has skillfully crafted a story of mystique and intrigue that immerses the reader into the lives and adventures of Winny and her crew of fantastical friends. Children of all ages will likely enjoy this tale of imagination, but I believe that the messages of trust, empathy, and faith can be especially meaningful for middle-grades readers as they struggle with beginning their own transformative adventure into early adolescence.” —Matthew L. Johnson, Assistant Professor of Education, Bryan College

“Trinity Tales of Tresia deftly spotlights the difficult transition from protected youth to an age of responsibility and choice in a natural world of darkness. Powerful help is available in a tale reminiscent of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.” —Georgia Ruth Wilson, Short Story Author, www.georgiaruthwrites.us

“The tale will appeal to kids with a thirst for a fantastic quest, an appreciation of humor, and an affinity for curious, likeable, and energetic characters. The book will resonate with any parent or grandparent who has prayed that a particular child will make the right decisions while embarking on the sometimes scary quest of faith.” —Maggie J. McKinney, Teacher, Columnist, and Freelance Writer


About the Author

J.A. McPhail is a published author and a member of the Morganton Writers’ Group, North Carolina Storytelling Guild, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Jeannie’s first book was published in 2012. Dawn of Day is a middle-grade historical fiction novel about the Free State battle and the Underground Railroad in Kansas. Her second book, published at the end of 2013, is a memoir about her daughter, Stacie, titled, I Will Not Fear: A Chosen Life.

A Most Remarkable Hat is McPhail’s third published book, an upper middle-grade inspirational fantasy and the first volume in her Trinity Tales of Tresia trilogy, released in December, 2015. All three books are available through Rowe Publishing.

Jeannie’s job experience includes serving as a managing editor for a women’s newspaper, editor and photographer for a real estate magazine, music teacher, and public library director. Over the past 25 years, she has written hundreds of articles for various newsletters and newspapers, including several years writing for the Morganton News Herald’s “Burke County Notebook” column.

Jeannie is a native of Kansas, where she married her high school sweetheart, Dennis McPhail. Dennis is a high school counselor, choral director, and coach. They sang in the Messengers Quartet of Silver Lake, KS, for over 23 years. In 2002, they moved to NC and joined their daughter, Stacie, singing together for nine years as a family trio called The Macs.

Visit the author’s website: www.jamcphail.com

Additional information

Writer

J.A. McPhail

Illustrator

Traci Osborn

ISBN

978-1939054562
(softcover)

978-1939054609
(hardcover)

Trim size

5.5″ x 8.5″

Page count

224

BISAC

Juvenile Fiction
• Religious
• Christian
• Action & Adventure

Christian
• Fantasy & Science Fiction
• Friendship

Audience

General Audience
• Age range – 7 to 12
• Grade range – 3 through 6

Books by author

• Dawn of Day
• I Will Not Fear: A Chosen Life
• Trinity Tales of Tresia: A Most Remarkable Hat (Book I)
• Trinity Tales of Tresia: A Quite Extraordinary Umbrella (Book II)
• A Glimpse: A Truly Excellent Scepter (a short story for Trinity Tales of Tresia series)

Format

eBook, Hardcover, Softcover

9 reviews for A Most Remarkable Hat

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Todd Sasnett

    Bravo, Jeannie, great job! I have thoroughly enjoyed being transported into this book, Jeannie. You did such a great job writing, describing in beautiful details so that I could put myself right there, living through your words and descriptions. And the best part is that in the midst of the fantasy world – God was lifted high and exalted. You did a clever job of pulling me into the story. I am thrilled that this prayer of Stacy’s was answered and you did it well. Blessings and much encouragement to write more, Kerri

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    EM

    Awesome adventure – Em age 9 says. I agree! We can’t wait for the next adventure!!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gwen Veazey

    Middle grade winner – Jeannie McPhail creates an elaborate fantasy based on Christian values for a young girl, her faithful dog, and her companions. With a comforting setting in rural mid-century America, Winny feels secure to set out for adventures in a mystical new world. From a dazzling beach to a flowing river beset with monsters, Winny courageously follows clues to fight evil and find the ultimate reward. The great strength of this tale for me are the children’s characters, Winny, Vince, and Rita. The author does not hit one wrong note with any of them.
    As the first in a trilogy, this novel will whet appetites for the books to follow.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sheryl Riggs, Office Manager, Len Mink Ministries, Tulsa, OK

    Editorial Review – Book I of Trinity Tales of Tresia is as accurate an allegory of spiritual things as I have ever read. Ms. McPhail has melded fantasy and scriptural truth into an alloy that depicts eternal realities for readers both young and not-so-young. And it’s a smashing good story, besides! How wonderful that there is more to come in this fascinating trilogy!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    ab

    One you need to READ – Just finished this remarkable book. A wonderful story for any age. It is a mystery and uplifting book that will bring a joy from reading.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Maggie J. McKinney, Teacher, Columnist, and Freelance Writer, Morganton, NC

    Editorial Review – Trinity Tales of Tresia is the compelling story of 12-year-old Winny, who travels Beyond Time accompanied by her devoted dog, Ginny, and humor-loving best friend, Vince. The three of them have amazing experiences, discover incredible worlds, and meet unforgettable characters. But be warned. There’s a risk. New neighbor Rita and a determined black cat could ruin everything.

    The tale will appeal to kids with a thirst for a fantastic quest, an appreciation of humor, and an affinity for curious, likeable, and energetic characters. The book will resonate with any parent or grandparent who has prayed that a particular child will make the right decisions while embarking on the sometimes scary quest of faith. The unforgettable portrayal of a Samoyed dog and her nemesis should attract animal lovers. Finally the vivid language should appeal to poets of any age.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the superb plot, the vivid poetry, the humor, and the magical exploits. But most of all I loved the memorable characters, the colorful ones from beyond and the down-to-earth children with their wonderment and worry and willingness to give this other-worldly adventure a try.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Georgia Ruth Wilson, Short Story Author, Nebo, NC,

    Editorial Review – I Love Winny, Vinny, and Ginny. Winifred knows in her heart that the traditional escape from school boredom will bring an exceptional summer adventure because this year she is twelve. But she has no idea her grandmother’s heirloom hat will have a contested power to whisk her on a magical adventure through a bubble tunnel to the beach, into a secret passage within a clock, and up tree stairs above the clouds.

    With her best summertime buddy Vincent who helps her interpret clues to explain the supernatural, Winny begins the journey of a lifetime. Only her loyal Samoyed, Guinevere is aware of the dangers that lie ahead. Loveable characters make it easy to cheer their success as they grow in wisdom and battle for their place in eternity.

    The author of Trinity Tales of Tresia deftly spotlights the difficult transition from protected youth to an age of responsibility and choice in a natural world of darkness. Powerful help is available in a tale reminiscent of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. This is a lovely story for all ages.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Matthew L. Johnson, Assistant Professor of Education, Bryan College, Dayton, TN

    Editorial Review – McPhail has skillfully crafted a story of mystique and intrigue that immerses the reader into the lives and adventures of Winny and her crew of fantastical friends. Children of all ages will likely enjoy this tale of imagination, but I believe that the messages of trust, empathy, and faith can be especially meaningful for middle-grades readers as they struggle with beginning their own transformative adventure into early adolescence. I am excited to see how Winny, Vince, and Rita continue to grow and develop as this series progresses. These characters have the potential to serve as needed guides for youth as they navigate the physical, cognitive, social, and moral milestones that point them toward adulthood.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Suesue

    How Fun! Clues, fantastic journeys, mysteries, I can’t wait to share this with my granddaughters – especially the one nicknamed Kai!

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