Allie Gator and the Seven Stones Author:Sean Eckenrod It is the story of a young girl, Allie, who is on vacation in Florida. She falls into the Myakka river and is called upon to save seven worlds, each with different types of animal/fish/crab inhabitants. Each world Allie visits has its own drama, and has names, personalities, and symbolism with a mythological and historical basis. A catfish na... more »med Holt and an alligator named Ginott help guide Allie on her quest to save the seven worlds.
A year earlier, Allie had seen an angry princess named Varuna wrongly accused of stealing by her mother, Queen Aditi. Varuna vowed revenge and was courted with promises by an evil being named Grahi. Together, they set the seven worlds into chaos, the seven worlds Allie must save.
Come with Allie and meet the underwater world of the Myakka River.
1.) Vacation Chapter 1 sets the stage for the story. Allie is an average girl with an average family on an average vacation. It is normal mix of fun and adult stuff, but lacking in adventure. Allie escapes a dinner party and goes to play out at the dock by the Myakka river. While playing, she falls into the water and finds herself in a new world. A catfish named Holt and an alligator named Ginott explain to her that they need her help, and that a bad fish named Grahi is trying to take over by manipulating Princess Varuna.
She says she will help and is introduced to her team which includes a gar named Kaveri and three wood storks named Frank, Flipflop and Slippery Pete.
2.) The World of Disregard Chapter 2 takes Allie to the first kingdom she is to save. It is called Deva and the inhabitants are water bugs. It is located near El Jobean pier amid tall sea grass. The kingdom is ruled by King Indra and Queen Indrani, and Allie must go there and help find their Ahimsa Stone. In the process, she does battle with the dreaded preta.
3.) The World of For Your Own Good Chapter 3 is filled with painted turtles living near the Myakka State Forest. They live in the Kingdom of Pedagogy and their King Solomon likes the symbol of two crossed rods. Allie must find the Proverbs Stone and do battle with an evil crepehanger.
4.) The World of Cosmic Unfairness Chapter 4 has the Kingdom of Esau and mangrove snapper. It is located in the upper Myakka near snook haven and is ruled by Queen Equitas. Allie must find the Filicoid Stone and bring fairness back to the kingdom. She battles a monster Gaki and zombie snapper.
5.) The World of Cosmic Fairness Chapter 5 is the Kingdom of Galt. The inhabitants are oysters and it takes place near the Cape Haze Aquatic Preserve. King Rearden has become too fair and it is killing the kingdom. Allie must find the Praxeology Stone and take on destroyer bhoots.
6.) The World of Guilt Chapter 6 is about mud snakes and their sacrifices. The Kingdom of Argos is near Hog Island and the leader is Queen Electra. The Scrupulum Stone is missing and Allie goes against cadaver-like jikininkis
7.) The World of Lies Chapter 7 takes Allie to the edge of the ocean near the Boca Grande Causeway and Bird Key. She must help the stingrays in the Kingdom of Nyx. King Erebos is a fairly good king, but lies are everywhere and the Obloquy Stone is missing. Allie channels Palla Athena and takes on the sea goddess, Thetis.
8.) The World of Reflection Chapter 8 locates Allie in Tippecanoe Bay near Ghost Point. The Kingdom of Onomatopoeia is in peril and the stonecrabs can?t see their own good. Queen Lariope is aware that the Speculum Stone is gone and she has taken its place as the source of reflection. Allie battles her own mind and her view of herself.
9.) The Trial of Aditi Varuna needs legitimacy and Grahi is determined to provide it with a trail of Queen Aditi, as well as Allie.
10.) New Flipflops In the final chapter, Allie returns home with a new knowledge, and enhanced life and confidence.« less
A teenaged girl named Allie Gator (yes, that is her name) isnt understood by her parents especially her mother, who thinks of Allie as an embarrassment. Her favorite place is to look for shells on the sand and watch the calming waters. She stumbles into the lake and ends up in a underwater world where she can breathe and talk to the aquatic animals. She has to save seven of the underwater realms where magical stones have gone missing.
This was a really strange story. I liked the character Allie and some of her underwater allies. I thought the idea behind saving the magical stones in each separate world was intriguing .
The thought behind the stones and what happened when they were taken away was interesting but didnt always make sense. Especially after the stone was found nothing much changed. I could also say with all the things she learned underwater nothing changed in the real world for Allie. Her mother still didnt understand her and Allie was even more out of touch with reality wanting to always see her other home, underwater.
I wish some the reason behind the missing stones and the effects of the inhabitants was explained more clearly. Frankly, the capture of the last stone was the most interesting because the story drew from her life. The others may have too but I couldnt connect them to her.