“… A heartfelt tale for young and older readers alike who delight in the magic of friendship, self-discovery, and bravery.”
An adventure-packed magical tale that skillfully balances childlike whimsy with the vulnerable parts that make us human. A magical tale that will sweep young readers off their feet, Toby K. Davis’s THE EVER PART OF ALWAYS (Keely Tucker’s First Adventure) draws on every child’s fantasies of flying, talking animals, mythical creatures, daring adventures, and standing up to bullies. However, this unicorn and star-speckled tale also explores more serious topics such as death, abuse, and self-discovery…
Reviewer: Bailey Seibel, IndieReader
“… [The] added element of drama … makes the happy resolution to the story feel harder-earned and extra rewarding for the characters and readers alike.”
This middle-grade fantasy novel stars Keely Tucker, a ten-year-old girl with a difficult life. Keely’s father is one of the few lucky people in their rundown neighborhood with a job, but he must spend most of his time on the road. Keely’s mother drinks away the stress of having so many unpaid bills and takes out her anger on Keely… Life seems especially bleak when Keely’s beloved grandmother dies unexpectedly, but when the family attends the reading of Gramms’ will, everything starts to change for Keely…
Reviewer: Sarah Poulette, US Review of Books
“… A wonderful novel for young readers to fall in love with, not only the characters and storytelling, but with reading itself.”
Keely is your normal ten-year old child. To her, she is a modern-day knight, but without the armor. Keely struggles to find her place in this world as she is bullied on a regular basis, and finds solace within the stories her Gramms told her. Stories filled with enchanted and faraway places, unicorns, fairies, and angels, and children are protected from everyday pains like bullies… (see more)
Reviewer: Jennifer Bailey, Pacific Book Review
“… The Ever Part of Always is a creative middle grade novel that spins the ordinary into the extraordinary.”
The Ever Part of Always: Keely Tucker’s First Adventure is about little Keely Tucker, an imaginative 10-year-old who never lets her difficult circumstances overcome her. Keely’s family does not have very much money, her dad travels for work, and her mom sometimes drinks too much and says harsh things. The inspiration and hope in Keely’s life is all gleaned from the memories of her dear grandmother, who suddenly passes away… (see more)
Reviewer: Michaela Gordoni, Hollywood Book Reviews
“So enveloping and inspiring…Felt I was entering a whole new realm myself…”
Reviewer: Haggai Carmon, International Attorney, Author of 4 Dan Gordon Intelligence Thrillers
“A great book to encourage kids… to convert the impossible to the “is-possible”…”
The Ever Part of Always — Keely Tucker’s First Adventure is a novel about love and friendship across human generations but also about being open to giving and receiving these from nonhuman creatures. It is a great pleasure to write this review for Toby K. Davis’ book, which I highly recommend. It deploys a tremendously rich and captivating vocabulary to convey beauty and wonder in the nature that surrounds us.
Reviewer: Albert A. Thibault, retired senior diplomat, served in highest positions at several US embassies abroad and is currently writing a book on US-India relations.
“Stands in the reality-fantasy genre of tales like Ende’s “The NeverEnding Story”…”
Keely is a lonely 10-year-old girl living in a town impoverished by successive closing of the local coal mine and a land-scam that bankrupted many of its residents. Keely’s father is mostly absent on marginally productive business trips and her mother assuages financial stress and loneliness with Jim Beam, venting her anxieties on Keely who takes emotional refuge in internal defenses her Gramms had taught her.
Reviewer: T. Preschersof, May 12, 2012
“Emotional and heartfelt…”
A child’s imagination can be the strongest defense against the cruel reality of the world she lives in. This ideal is brought to life in The Ever Part of Always — Keely Tucker’s First Adventure by Toby K. Davis. In a shining example of a side of American society that has been ignored for too long, Davis brings to life Keely — part child, part victim, but all hero. Keely’s world is one that is too common in towns across the United States. She faces physical abuse from a bully down the street, verbal and emotional abuse from an alcoholic mother, and psychological abuse from a loving but absent father. To combat the seemingly endless assault from the outside world, Keely uses her imagination to create a world of her own. A world where unicorns are the keepers of dreams, dragons guard the colors of the rainbow, and animal friends take on human traits and help Keely face the ultimate challenge, save the life of the unicorn Crea.
Reviewer: Phil Bolos, May 2012
“A delightfully inspiring book for all ages that teaches and enlightens…”
“Moving softly as if inside a whisper”, this is just one example of the wonderfully creative and imaginative thoughts that the author has brought to life in her first book. She has taken her life experiences and her passion for inspiring children and turned it into a delightful modern day fairy tale.
“She talks to trees…”
This story will probably appeal to the pre-teen crowd. Our protagonist is a highly imaginative little 10-year-old girl named Keely Tucker. Keely doesn’t have the happiest life imaginable although it looks much worse to her than it might to an adult looking on. But that’s the point of a story for pre-teens — to show how they feel and they cope. And Keely has a very special way of coping — she talks to trees, for example. But life gets really interesting when her beloved grandmother dies and leaves her a unicorn! A unicorn that once belonged to her slightly neurotic mother. Unhappily, the unicorn dies after giving birth to a baby unicorn. Keely and the baby unicorn, Crea bond and Keely learns all sorts of new talents using her mind. Unfortunately, during one of their excursions to the stars, a tiny bit of a star gets
Reviewer: Catherine Book
“Moving so swiftly that the “ow” part of their howl was left behind…”
While reading The Ever Part of Always — Keely Tucker’s First Adventure, I often paused and closed my eyes for a moment, letting the lyrical words of the author sweep over me and paint the scene. Phrases like “Keely goose-bumped with fear”… “moving so swiftly that the “ow” part of their howl was left behind”… ”the melody was recovered from the mist-filled, enchanted garden of her grandmother’s memories”… just grabbed a hold of me. The author definitely has a way with weaving words together to create a beautiful and touching scene. The illustrations that pepper the book, match the scenes perfectly and seem to want to jump off the page. They draw you into the story (pun intended) and are so intricate. Every time I glance at one, I pick up new tiny details that enchant me.