Can a kid who’s forced to bathe six times a day save a magical world? It’s not his fault his father drowned in a mud puddle just before he was born, turning Mother into a cleaning fanatic. Now eleven-year-old Bartholomew Borax III can’t go to school, play outside, or, worst of all, make art. But he has to. So he sketches in secret.
Then he meets skateboarding painter, Alexander Devinci, and a painted rainbow painting yanks them into another realm. Bartholomew’s living in an antiseptic mansion is nothing in comparison to how weird Artania is with living paintings and sculptures. But it’s on the verge of destruction and his art is the only thing that can save it.
When he sees an Artanian child pulled underground, Bartholomew finally agrees to help, not knowing if it will be enough. With Egyptian gods and goddesses at his side, he braves a series of battles, duels, and skateboarding escapes. Bartholomew blunders again and again. Amidst dead and wounded comrades, his guilt grows. As his confidence begins to erode, he uses the power of creation to finally defeat Sickhert’s army and bring art back to the world.
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A teacher, Laurie Woodward is the author of Forest Secrets, the fantasy series: The Artania Chronicles, and cowriter of Dean and JoJo: The Dolphin Legacy. She is also a collaborator on the popular anti-bullying DVD Resolutions. Bullied as a child, Laurie is now an award-winning peace consultant who helps teach children how to avoid arguments, stop bullying, and maintain healthy friendships. She writes her novels on the Central Coast of California.