The Collapsing Kingdom by Benjamin Ellefson

Preview The Collapsing Kingdom on Amazon    Buy The Collapsing Kingdom on Amazon

Age Range: 7 – 12 years

Grade Level: 3 – 6

Series: Land without Color (book 3)

Paperback: 176 pages

Formats: Paperback, eBook

The Collapsing Kingdom

by Benjamin Ellefson

Where can you run when the ground is disappearing beneath your feet?

Growing up, Brandon loved hearing the stories of his grandfather and great-great-grandfather saving the Kingdom of Color from the vicious color thieves. He’s listened intently and learned wise lessons about being prepared and eating your vegetables.

So when the color of the land starts to fade away again, Brandon notices. Now, the ground itself is crumbling away leaving nothing but dark, endless voids. When he runs for helps, Brandon discovers that his Grandpa Alvin is missing. He is on his own.

Determined to be a hero and live up to the legacies of his grandfather and great-great-grandfather, Brandon gathers up a supply of vegetables and sets out to save the kingdom. There’s only one problem… How?

In the heart-pounding conclusion to the Land without Color series, Brandon teams up with his best friend Steven and a giant eagle name Scout. Together they must race across the collapsing kingdom to elude the relentless Officer Reed, escape the nefarious Spider Riders, and of course rescue the twin princesses, Gwendolyn and Sapphire.

Steven discovering the giant hole in The Collapsing Kingdom

Characters from The Collapsing Kingdom

Brandon from The Collapsing Kingdom

Brandon

Brandon is the grandson of Alvin and the great, great grandson of Otto. Having descended from two heroes of the Kingdom of Color, he has a lot to live up to. But he has listened to the stories of his grandfather and great, great grandfather. And he has learned his lessons on the importance of being prepared and eating your vegetables. Now that the land is crumbling away to nothing and the grayness has returned, he is ready for his turn to rescue the princesses and save the kingdom.

Scout

Scout is a bald eagle living in the wilderness of the Kingdom of Color. Ever since he was a small eaglet in the nest, he learned the importance of being prepared. When he grew up, he made a collection of nests high in trees across the kingdom. In each nest he stockpiled supplies he might need in the future.

Scout from The Collapsing Kingdom
Steven from The Collapsing Kingdom

Steven

Steven is Brandon’s best friend. Living across the street, the two were always hanging out together. They were the leaders in the neighborhood organizing games of kick-the-can or fishing trips. When things get rough, he is the only person that Brandon trusts to help him.

Miss Carter

Miss Carter is Brandon’s teacher in school. Since he is normally bored and doesn’t pay too much attention, he never gave much thought to her. She was just another teacher in school. That is until he so proudly described how his Grandpa Alvin ended the Great Grayness by rescuing the princesses and defeating the vile vipers. It was then that she so viciously punished him and threatened to turn him into King Fabian for treason. She is dedicated to her students, but seemingly more dedicated to something else.

Miss Carter from The Collapsing Kingdom
Officer Reed from The Collapsing Kingdom

Officer Reed

Officer Reed is the school security guard. He was responsible for making sure every student attends every class to learn what was required. The students made fun of him behind his back, but they also feared him and knew not to mess with him. When Brandon skips school to find proof of his Grandpa Alvin saving the kingdom and ending the Great Grayness, he finds out the hard way how seriously Officer Reed takes his job in an endless pursuit.

King Fabian

King Fabian is the long ruling leader of the Kingdom of Color. It has been many years since Grandpa Alvin saved the kingdom and returned King Fabian to human form. During those years, the king has withdrawn from the public eye. He has quietly sat on his throne, slowly increasing his power. Now as the land is beginning to collapse around the kingdom, he has changed into a turtle again. But not just any turtle, a robot turtle.

King Fabian from The Collapsing Kingdom
Grandpa Alvin from The Collapsing Kingdom

Grandpa Alvin

Grandpa Alvin is the grandfather of Brandon. He is a gentle old man who loves spending time working in his vegetable garden. Long ago, he floated into the Kingdom of Color on a giant bubblegum bubble in the middle of the Great Grayness. Brandon is so proud to hear the stories of how he rescued the princesses and restored the color to the land by defeating the evil snakes. But now in Brandon’s hour of need, Grandpa Alvin has gone missing. Disappearing into a bottomless void.

Illustrations from The Collapsing Kingdom

A spider rider from The Collapsing Kingdom

About the Illustrator

Kevin Cannon
Kevin Cannon is a cartoonist most well known for the critically acclaimed nonfiction graphic novel “The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy” (Hill & Wang, 2015) and the Eisner Award-nominated arctic adventure “Far Arden” (Top Shelf, 2009). City Pages named him Twin Cities’ Best Cartoonist in 2011. He also produces elaborate cartoon maps, which have appeared in The Appendix, The Star Tribune, The Riverfront Times, and The Miami New Times. Cannon has also illustrated several children’s books, most notably “Ben and Lucy Play Pond Hockey” (Beavers Pond Press, 2010), and “The Gluten Glitch” (Beavers Pond Press, 2012). A Minneapolis native, Cannon spends his free time camping, reading dusty books about arctic explorers, and listening to hockey games on the radio.   www.kevincannon.org Follow Kevin Cannon on Twitter Follow on Twitter Follow Kevin Cannon on Instagram Follow on Instagram
Brandon and Scout trapped by an angry crowd in The Collapsing Kingdom

Reviews of The Collapsing Kingdom

The disintegrated robot King Fabian from The Collapsing Kingdom

Awards won by The Collapsing Kingdom

Midwest Independent Publishing Association Awards Winner

Midwest Independent Publishing Association Award

2018 Winner

Category: Fiction – Fantasy/SciFi/Horror/Paranormal

Midwest Independent Publishing Association Awards Finalist

Midwest Independent Publishing Association Award

2018 Finalist

Category: Children's Fiction

National Indie Excellence Award Winner

National Indie Excellence Award

2018 Winner

Category: Chapter Books

Living Now Awards

Living Now Awards

2018 Bronze

Category: Adventure Fiction

Reader's Favorite Book Reviews and Awards Bronze

Reader's Favorite Book Reviews and Award Content

2018 Bronze Winner

Category: Children – Fable

Reader's Favorite Book Reviews and Awards Illustration

Reader's Favorite Book Reviews and Award Content

2018 Illustration Winner

Category: Children's Illustration

Brandon finding Grandpa Alvin missing in The Great Sugar War