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While living in the old inn of Nemeste, James discovers that he and his parents are not the only ones calling the inn home. On the third floor lives a mysteriously old lady named Rionzi DuCret. Though Rionzi is feared by the villagers and confined to her room, she and James strike up an unlikely friendship and soon discover that they have both befriended leafy, mushroom fo While living in the old inn of Nemeste, James discovers that he and his parents are not the only ones calling the inn home. On the third floor lives a mysteriously old lady named Rionzi DuCret. Though Rionzi is feared by the villagers and confined to her room, she and James strike up an unlikely friendship and soon discover that they have both befriended leafy, mushroom footed creatures in the woods called 'Fidoris.' But the friendship is threatened as Rionzi grows suspicious of James's claim of a certain Fidori sighting. How could he have found out about her deepest secret? Have the villagers set a trap for her to finally prove that she is insane?"


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While living in the old inn of Nemeste, James discovers that he and his parents are not the only ones calling the inn home. On the third floor lives a mysteriously old lady named Rionzi DuCret. Though Rionzi is feared by the villagers and confined to her room, she and James strike up an unlikely friendship and soon discover that they have both befriended leafy, mushroom fo While living in the old inn of Nemeste, James discovers that he and his parents are not the only ones calling the inn home. On the third floor lives a mysteriously old lady named Rionzi DuCret. Though Rionzi is feared by the villagers and confined to her room, she and James strike up an unlikely friendship and soon discover that they have both befriended leafy, mushroom footed creatures in the woods called 'Fidoris.' But the friendship is threatened as Rionzi grows suspicious of James's claim of a certain Fidori sighting. How could he have found out about her deepest secret? Have the villagers set a trap for her to finally prove that she is insane?"

46 review for The Fidori Trilogy Book 1: An Unlikely Friendship

  1. 5 out of 5

    Today We Did

    Today We Did Ten year old James and his parents return to their village home after a year living in the city. Whilst looking for a new house, the family stay in the local inn, where James meets the mysterious old lady that lives on the third floor. They soon discover that they have both encountered something in the forest that no one else believes really exists. An Unlikely Friendship is the first book in The Fidori Trilogy. It is a short and easy read that I finished quickly. The writing was simp Today We Did Ten year old James and his parents return to their village home after a year living in the city. Whilst looking for a new house, the family stay in the local inn, where James meets the mysterious old lady that lives on the third floor. They soon discover that they have both encountered something in the forest that no one else believes really exists. An Unlikely Friendship is the first book in The Fidori Trilogy. It is a short and easy read that I finished quickly. The writing was simple and clean and the plot was easy to follow with some black and white illustrations. It was interesting enough to keep me reading, and to make me want to read the second book. However, if the other two books are of similar length to this one, I think that it could have been presented as a single book, rather than be divided into a trilogy. It was just really getting into the story when the book came to an end. Overall I liked the premise and the execution. I would have been super excited to discover and befriend creatures like the Fidoris as a child, and if I’m honest, I still would be! The description of the Fidoris was excellent, and I can easily picture these funny little creatures living above the forest canopy. The description of Mrs. DuCret was also good; she seemed like a very lonely and unhappy old lady until James came into her life. Their burgeoning friendship, though a little strange, was good for both of them. An Unlikely Friendship is most suitable for middle to upper primary school children. I am looking forward to continuing the story in the next book, The Purple Flower. *I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any other remuneration, and the review is composed entirely of my own opinions.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    My lower review has to do more with the length of the book than the content. This story is imaginative and fun, but I don't think there's enough of it. I do realize this is the first book in a trilogy, but even in a book series, there's resolution of one aspect of the story line in a single book. I felt like I had just started getting into the conflict when the book suddenly ended. I appreciate the idea of a cliffhanger and leading into the next book, but there has to be enough in one story for My lower review has to do more with the length of the book than the content. This story is imaginative and fun, but I don't think there's enough of it. I do realize this is the first book in a trilogy, but even in a book series, there's resolution of one aspect of the story line in a single book. I felt like I had just started getting into the conflict when the book suddenly ended. I appreciate the idea of a cliffhanger and leading into the next book, but there has to be enough in one story for that work to not only be a part of a series but also stand on its own. This book doesn't seem to have that.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Kurin

    I really enjoy any book with a crotchety old lady and this one was no exception. I liked reading this book as an adult and think kids (especially those just getting into reading on their own) will love it too!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Headlee

    I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review, which you can read the entire review on my blog, Of Books and Pen! Final Thoughts: Overall, I’m not sure what kids would actually think of this book. I think the best approach, is for it to be read to children by their parents or teachers. I think that An Unlikely Friendship would be a wonderful book for kids to hear. However, if kids have to read this book on their own it may or may not have a hard time keepin I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review, which you can read the entire review on my blog, Of Books and Pen! Final Thoughts: Overall, I’m not sure what kids would actually think of this book. I think the best approach, is for it to be read to children by their parents or teachers. I think that An Unlikely Friendship would be a wonderful book for kids to hear. However, if kids have to read this book on their own it may or may not have a hard time keeping their interest for all 100 plus pages. For older audiences, if you enjoy magic and lore then this book may entertain you. There are some obvious flaws that the writer can easily approve upon with practice, but the world building is quite wonderful and the story would be interesting to follow or the lore alone. For those who aren’t into lore very much, then this book would not suit you very well. Rating: 3/5 For a first novel, An Unlikely Friendship is a good start for Ms. Fogwell. The lore is interesting to read about and I’m curious to find out more about the Fidori! Her voice will grow with time along with her writing style; I hope to read her later books to see how she improves.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tony Parsons

    David (husband), Bella (wife) & James (10, son) had arrived at the Nemesté inn. Mes. Rionzi DuCrét (elderly lady) now lived on the 3rd. floor of the inn. She was once a pillar of the community & the children adored her. David & Bella reminisced with Saleem (innkeeper’s son), Don Roedes (husband) & Jane Roedes (wife). James went off exploring. What would he uncover or encounter? I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers David (husband), Bella (wife) & James (10, son) had arrived at the Nemesté inn. Mes. Rionzi DuCrét (elderly lady) now lived on the 3rd. floor of the inn. She was once a pillar of the community & the children adored her. David & Bella reminisced with Saleem (innkeeper’s son), Don Roedes (husband) & Jane Roedes (wife). James went off exploring. What would he uncover or encounter? I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one. A very awesome book cover, great hand drawn black/white pictures, font & writing style. A very well written children’s tale book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great children’s tale movie, animated cartoon, or better yet a mini TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars. Thank you for the free Goodreads; MakingConnections; Smashwords; Destinée Media PDF book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    I enjoyed this first book in the series. I also lent to a youngster I know and she devoured it!!!!!! I thought the illustrations weren't the greatest. That is pretty much the only thing I didn't like. This seems like it is going to be a great series for young readers. I enjoyed this first book in the series. I also lent to a youngster I know and she devoured it!!!!!! I thought the illustrations weren't the greatest. That is pretty much the only thing I didn't like. This seems like it is going to be a great series for young readers.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ooha Biddala

    Once upon a time, Rionzi DuCret used to be a respected voice in the small village of Nemeste. Now, at almost a hundred and fifty years old, she is shunned and isolated in a forgotten room of the village inn. Bitter, yet holding on to a distant ray of hope, she’s living a life of regrets until, one day, a young boy walks into her room. They share stories and experiences; feelings and hopes; they bond over Fidoris and over walks in the forest and commiserate over shared disappointments and fears. Once upon a time, Rionzi DuCret used to be a respected voice in the small village of Nemeste. Now, at almost a hundred and fifty years old, she is shunned and isolated in a forgotten room of the village inn. Bitter, yet holding on to a distant ray of hope, she’s living a life of regrets until, one day, a young boy walks into her room. They share stories and experiences; feelings and hopes; they bond over Fidoris and over walks in the forest and commiserate over shared disappointments and fears. Jasmine Fogwell writes in a prose that vacillates between intriguing and amateurish. But, the story that she tells us is one we’ve all heard before and one that we’ll never tire of. It’s a story about friendship and compassion set in a background of a verdant forest and tree-dwelling fantasies. There is an underlying theme running throughout the narrative of the loss of our bond with nature with the faster pace of life and since, I’m a great believer in this bond, I found this book a very fulfilling read. Jasmine Fogwell captures the bitter, yet hopeful character of the old lady very well. She makes us feel for her and sympathize with her. The character of 10 year old James may not leap off the page in the same vivid manner, but, his naïve innocence can really capture the hearts of young and old readers. An Unlikely Friendship is only the first of a trilogy. It’s a small book, 100 pages at the most, illustrated with simple designs and written in a simple format. It’s a good book to introduce your tween to cliffhangers; because that’s what this first book ends with. BOTTOMLINE: An Unlikely Friendship felt like a novella that can be used as the stepping stone between short stories and longer novels for children. The story is adorable and of course, starry-eyed 10 yr olds will always serve to warm our busy hearts. So, I definitely recommend reading this book. It’s an easy read and I have a feeling that it’ll make for a much asked-for bedtime story. Happy reading! - https://overratedsensibilities.wordpr...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Thehappymeerkat

    I was sent a free paperback copy of this book by the author for a review. After moving back to Nemesté James and his parents' new home is an inn. But while staying there James is told to stay away from the strange old lady who lives upstairs. Why are the villagers all so afraid of her and could James and the old lady share more in common than they think? This is a lovely children's book with such an imaginative story. 'An Unlikely Friendship' is the first book in The Fidori Trilogy. The book follo I was sent a free paperback copy of this book by the author for a review. After moving back to Nemesté James and his parents' new home is an inn. But while staying there James is told to stay away from the strange old lady who lives upstairs. Why are the villagers all so afraid of her and could James and the old lady share more in common than they think? This is a lovely children's book with such an imaginative story. 'An Unlikely Friendship' is the first book in The Fidori Trilogy. The book follows James as his own curiosity gets the better of him and he meets the old lady who lives upstairs, Rionzi DuCrét. As the two get to know each other they learn that they both share a secret about some creatures they have met. The story is really imaginative. I've read a lot of books aimed at children but it's been a long time since I felt I'd entered a new world full of wonderful creatures and I can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy. The new creatures, the fidoris, are well imagined and believable despite being quite different to humans. The whole story flows really well and I wanted to read on to see what happened. Unfortunately the end of the book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger which I don't really like especially for a children's book. You will need to read book two to see what happens. The first chapter of book two is included in the back. The book is really well written and has quite large easy to read text in the paperback version I have. There are a few black and white drawings throughout the book which look like the image on the front cover. These really lend nicely to the story and I love the original artwork. Overall I like this book. I really like the imaginative story and am looking forward to where it is going. The story is easy to read from the start but isn't as exciting as I had hoped, perhaps due to a lot of characters having long flashback thoughts and talks rather than present action. I'm hoping this changes in book two. A lovely and very imaginative story which many kids (and even some adults) will enjoy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gwen

    I received this book through Goodreads giveaways in exchange for an unbiased review. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is aimed at children around 9-12 years old but can be easily enjoyed by older individuals as well. This book is book one of the Fidori trilogy. The Fidori are leafy, mushroom footed, tree dwelling creatures . Some live in the woods just out of Nemeste`. James and his family are moving back to Nemeste` from the city. While his parents are looking for a house, they I received this book through Goodreads giveaways in exchange for an unbiased review. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is aimed at children around 9-12 years old but can be easily enjoyed by older individuals as well. This book is book one of the Fidori trilogy. The Fidori are leafy, mushroom footed, tree dwelling creatures . Some live in the woods just out of Nemeste`. James and his family are moving back to Nemeste` from the city. While his parents are looking for a house, they are staying at the inn. While there, James discovers the mysterious lady living on the third floor. Rionzi DuCret , is feared by the villagers and is confined to her room except for her scheduled walks in the woods every two weeks. The two begin a secret friendship based on both having encountered the Fidori, something that no one else in town has done. Rionzi becomes suspicious of James, thinking that maybe the villagers have set a trap to prove that she is insane, because something about his claim doesn't fit with what she has known of Fidori behavior. I found the characters likable and believable and look forward to getting my hands on the rest of the trilogy to find out how everything turns out. The book was easy to read and hard to put down. I would definitely recommend it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Susan The Book Dragon Campton

    I read Jasmine Fogwell’s “An Unlikely Friendship: Book Ones of the Fidori Trilogy” with my grandchildren..we took turns reading allowed to each other over cups of tea and a dish of cookies. I must say the story of a young boy, James, whose parents move him back to his mother’s hometown did not excited them at first, they discounted the simple cover (kids are so used to dazzle these days), but once past the first page we all became absorbed by this mix of Narnia and R.L. Stine, Potter and Tolkein. I read Jasmine Fogwell’s “An Unlikely Friendship: Book Ones of the Fidori Trilogy” with my grandchildren..we took turns reading allowed to each other over cups of tea and a dish of cookies. I must say the story of a young boy, James, whose parents move him back to his mother’s hometown did not excited them at first, they discounted the simple cover (kids are so used to dazzle these days), but once past the first page we all became absorbed by this mix of Narnia and R.L. Stine, Potter and Tolkein. Nemeste will surely make it’s mark and become as familiar as the Shire if parents introduce this to their young. James, the mysterious Rionzi Ducret, the Forest and it’s curiosities will have their day in the sun, if parents of magic, fairy tale, adventure loving children grant them this gift. I would urge you to purchase this on Amazon or where available. If your children have tablets this would be a wonderful download. We were all disappointed when we had to stop reading for the day, and cannot wait for part two. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Jackson

    “An Unlikely Friendship” is book one of a The Fidori Trilogy from author, Jasmine Fogwell. The story revolves around Mrs Rionzi DuCret, possibly the oldest woman in the world, and James, a young boy who is having trouble fitting in with his peers. They both share a special secret. They have both seen the mythical Fidori, a species of tree dwelling fairy/elf like creatures who live in the nearby forest. This is an easy to read, captivating and entertaining story for young readers, which leaves you “An Unlikely Friendship” is book one of a The Fidori Trilogy from author, Jasmine Fogwell. The story revolves around Mrs Rionzi DuCret, possibly the oldest woman in the world, and James, a young boy who is having trouble fitting in with his peers. They both share a special secret. They have both seen the mythical Fidori, a species of tree dwelling fairy/elf like creatures who live in the nearby forest. This is an easy to read, captivating and entertaining story for young readers, which leaves you hanging for the next installment of the adventure. There are some discussion points for parents – the concept of insanity/senility, death, grief and loss and not fitting ‘in’ with the crowd.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    I received this book free through Goodreads. A good imaginative kids book.

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