Press & Praise for American Stonehenge
Royal Dragonfly 2020 Awards Honorable Mention:
Honorable Mention for categories Animal/Pets, Chapter Books, and Science Fiction/Fantasy.
Purple Dragonfly 2021 Awards Winner:
1st Place for Middle Grade Fiction, 2nd Place for Animals/Pets, Honorable Mention for categories Best Illustration and Chapter Books
Recent Interviews and Events
Jim Masters LIVE
We were live on the Jim Masters Show! Check out the epic interview between Jim and our lovely author, Mike Goldstein here.
The Vegas Voice
Mike appeared on The Vegas Voice Live on July 15, 2021! It was a great time and you get a lot of insights into the making of Jimmy and Andrew. Listen here!
The Rosie and Bill Show
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3 Geeks Podcast
The 3 Geeks spent some time with Mike recently and it was a great time! You can catch the episode below.
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American Stonehenge is a Middle Grade adventure story starring a rescue dog Andrew and his boy Jimmy. Andrew is no ordinary dog, he is 4,000 yrs old! He and Jimmy are faced with a mystery and join forces to discover the origin of a mysterious stonehenge in a remote forest. The bond between the boy and dog is heartwarming. The author does a great job creating tension and adding humor in the right places. The illustrations are bright and exciting depicting each challenge they face together.
I always love a good story about rescues, Wesley is my first. He was rescued from Puerto Rico and just fills our home with happiness. Sometimes I feel like we are communicating telepathically so this story really triggers my imagination. Thank you to the author for the signed copy!
- Lisa -- @Mrs.lauras.lit
🐾 Book Review 🐾
American Stonehedge by Mike Goldstein is such a wonderful story, full of amazing illustrations that enhanced author's unique and descriptive writing style.
It's Jimmy's birthday and he gets to pick a dog from the shelter, or maybe I should say the dog gets to pick him. The two have a telepathic bond, and we soon discover the dog's name is Andrew. I was happy to be a part of the adventures and to learn more about Andrew and his interesting past. He and Jimmy made a sweet pair. I enjoyed this book, from Egypt to the forest people to Stonehedge and a few surprises I didn't see coming. I think kids will enjoy it too.
- Cherie -- @bookish_cherie
It’s me, Rolly, coming to you from Egypt three thousand years ago just like my buddy Andrew the immortal dog in “The Adventures of Jimmy & Andrew: American Stonehenge.” This illustrated adventure book may be intended for upper middle graders but I found the story gripping as an adult 😮
Jimmy picks a shelter dog, Andrew, on his 9th birthday only to discover that Andrew was born in ancient Egypt and can communicate with Jimmy telepathically. Any dog lover can relate to wishing they could read their dog’s mind! 🐶
Jimmy and Andrew accompany Jimmy’s archaeologist parents to a remote forest in Washington state where there is reportedly an “American Stonehenge.” And now the adventure begins: forest people, gremlins, caves, inscriptions on an ancient tablet, space aliens, Bigfoot, Native American elders with secrets, and of course the telepathic communication — all stuff most kids will eat up! 🌀 Now excuse me while I resume working on my telepathy skills 😉
- Rolly -- @rolly.looks.at.books
American Stonehenge by Mike Goldstein is a hard novel to review without giving too much away, or overexplaining it. The delight in it lies in the experience of the reading, in the beautifully constructed sentences, in the lingering sense of adventure in the world, and at the centre of the story, nestles the relationship between a boy and his dog.
The elements of discovery, adventure, and exploration in this book are really well developed. There are many tense action scenes that were incredibly well done. And Mike Goldstein ties everything together so nicely that there really are no lulls in the pacing.
Jimmy is wonderful, gutsy and brave, but he is also worried about everything. Andrew, the dog, is wonderfully written and plays such an important part in the adventure in the story that anyone becomes very attached to him, just as Jimmy is. This is a lovely, adventurous mystery, and beautifully written book, which works for younger readers as well as for adults.
- The Bookish Elf -- @thebookishelf
The title of a book will often provide the clues to what lies within. It's true here to a point, but a good story can make the reader forget about the title, and better yet, change perceptions. If I tried to explain the path destined for this boy – and the dog who certainly will accompany him – I'd either steer you wrong, or say too much. What I will say, is that it's an adventure in the waiting, not the fairy tale kind, but one fraught with perils. It is coming-of-age story. It's an example of living with partial hope in a devastated future and at times a nostalgic look back at the world which used to exist.
Jimmy always wanted a dog, so his parents brought him to an animal shelter on his ninth birthday to adopt one. However, he never imagined that he would find a pet who could communicate with him telepathically! The moment he hears Andrew's thoughts, he knows that he is not an average dog. Eventually Jimmy learns that Andrew was born in Egypt more than 3,000 years ago.
Meanwhile, a team of archaeologists led by Jimmy's father discover a mysterious rock formation, a replica of Stonehenge, and brings the entire family to the site. Jimmy and Andrew are on quest to untangle the mystery surrounding the rock foundation. The two embark on an adventure together as they discover aliens and ancient tribes.
All in all, this is a captivating, exquisite story told by a true master storyteller who knows how to write so that both the plot and the characters deepen effortlessly as you read. An unforgettable, exceptional work of fiction. Unreservedly recommended.
This middle-grade illustrated novel is about Jimmy, a nine-year-old boy, and Andrew, his four-thousand-year-old dog. You read right… four-thousand-year-old. They can communicate telepathically, and this gives them a huge advantage in this non-stop action story. They will meet all kinds of people and creatures who will make this exciting adventure quite interesting.
If you are looking for a fun action story for your middle-grader, I recommend this book.
💌 My Rating: ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ /5
- Guylou, Canada -- @twodogsandabook
🐕 My summary: It's Jimmy's 9th birthday, and he's excited to get his new dog from the Humane Society. When he arrives, an unfamiliar voice asks Jimmy to adopt him. It turns out a black and orange-haired dog was speaking to him telepathically! Jimmy names the dog Andrew. Andrew tells him that he was born in Egypt more than 3,000 years ago! Jimmy, his parents (archaeologists), and Andrew are going to Washington to help excavate a Stonehenge that looks exactly like the one in England! Jimmy and Andrew must discover why this Stonehenge exists, why there are so many disappearances, and why Andrew lived for three thousand years?
🐕 My thoughts: I loved reading about the mysteries in this book. It was fun to learn about the history of Stonehenge and the disappearances surrounding it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves solving mysteries. The story was fascinating to read. I learned many things like, for example, preserving meat without electricity. I thank Mr. Goldstein for teaching me those things through this fantastic book. The storyline was also very creative. I love his writing style because it transports you into the story with Jimmy and Andrew. The author wrote excellent descriptions of the setting and the characters, especially the relationship between Jimmy and Andrew. The book is humorous; I burst into laughter every time there were wisecracks. I also loved the full-colored illustrations; they look realistic.
🐕 My rating: 9/10
- Paige & Laly (ages 12 and 9), Belgium -- @paigeandlalypops
Exquisitely written, American Stonehenge is an adventure story like no other, full of danger, discovery, joy, and fantasy. It is indeed a simple story, but this is one of many occasions when a simple, heartfelt plot holds so much power. It's such an adventurous tale and one that plays on the love we all have for our furry companions, on whose love we can rely unconditionally.
As a character, Jimmy is courageous, determined, vulnerable, and strong, and the love that he has for Andrew, his dog, is warm to the heart. Both Jimmy and Andrew are tremendous characters to propel the story forward, and you will root for them from the very beginning.
Mike Goldstein's debut will touch readers of all ages and all persuasions with its movingly powerful message and lyrical narrative. The inventive plot, beautiful graphics, and evocative prose lift this adventure beyond simply a children's adventure story. Highly recommended.
- The Bookish Elf -- @thebookishelf
The book is extraordinary. You can tell how much heart went into creating this story. It is quite simply beautiful. It is more about Jimmy, his dog Andrew, and the people and places they encounter. There's a very specific voice and style to this book, one that works incredibly well for the story it tells. The book borrows a great deal from the old adventure wilderness stories – the lost wanderer with their faithful dog/horse/platypus and the bond between them.
Mike Goldstein has mastered the style and genre elements here, keeping the drama high without ever going over the top and losing the essence of the story. Overall American Stonehenge is a true page-turner and fulfills all its promises.
Have to say I was intrigued with the title as the only Stonehenge I know about is in the UK. Jimmy is allowed to adopt a dog on his ninth birthday. He’s told to let the dog chose him and that is exactly what happens! This dog has the ability to talk to Jimmy telepathically, yep… Jimmy did not freak out as much as I would have! The dog is called Andrew and much bonding is done on the way home. It should be noted that Andrew is really old, like three millennia old and used to hang out in Egypt with King Tut way back when. He’s got stories for days!
We learn so much about ancient history, as Andrew has seen it all. The Egyptian history was particularly fascinating to me. This is really quite the adventure and much happens on the excursion with some shady characters and weird goings on in the surrounding area.
I will say that while the writing style is very accessible for MG, there are a couple of scenes that contain violence involving a friend who is a Vietnam Vet, these scenes IMO push it to slightly older audience (a knife fight in a bar and gun shot wound).
I really enjoyed reading this story, the friendships and connections made plus all those illustrations, great job 🤩
- Samantha, Librarian, New Zealand -- @whatsinatitle
I'm writing this review with the help of my 12-year-old nephew who thought this book was awesome! I didn't really know which genre to place it when I first picked it up. Turns out, it didn't really matter. The story had immortal telepathic animals, adventure, historical mystery, and even aliens accompanied by full-colour illustrations throughout.
It's a story about Jimmy and his amazing dog who was actually born in Egypt over 3000 years ago. Jimmy and his dog go on many adventures to discover clues to the special dog's mysterious origins. They come across American Stonehenge, an ancient place shrouded in secrets that beg to be unraveled.
My nephew finished the whole book in just a few days as he was completely engaged with the characters and plot and needed to find out what happened next. This book was a fast-paced, exciting adventure recommended for upper middle-graders.
- Melati, Australia -- @middlegradebooks
Here’s what Connor has to say about this middle school book:
📷 The pictures are awesome! I like the colors and details.
🐕 Andrew is probably the coolest dog ever. He is a rescue like, Rosie!
🌍 I want to be a social studies teacher when I grow up. I like how this book is full of mystery, adventure and history.
💭 Did I say that Andrew can talk to Jimmy? He can. He can talk
CJ's ⭐️ RATING: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
CJ is already asking about book 2, “Land of Caverns”. Thank you @jimmyandandrew for sending us book 1 — we loved it! Even I learned a thing or two reading this one!
- CJ (age 9) United States -- @thebookishboymom
When it came to the plot though, Mike Goldstein is a master story teller. American Stonehenge is an adventure in its kind; rare and special. The writing in this novel composed a pure and honest orchestra of notes and tones clearly woven together into an intricate and tight plot, reflecting a flawed world and characters stripped of pretense, leaving them raw and savage before a chaotic and uncertain future. It is a masterfully executed composition that leaves the reader in a toiled state of emotion conducted at will.
I was happy for the story to take me along in an unexpected and unique way with an ending I completely unanticipated as the pages were drawing close to the end. I could not possibly give away spoilers about the final ending right now. Instead, I’ll just let you go on this journey with Jimmy and Andrew and let you experience it all by yourself.
- Reader's Lunatic -- @readerslunatic
I've been looking for children/young teen fantasy books that aren't too separated from reality(meaning still in our realm of existence. i.e something like harry potter or artimus fowl), that take place in America and boy did I find what I was looking for. This book is amazing. First off not like its so important but the illustrations are really good and it really gets kids more attached to the characters. Secondly, what an original story that's written just so well. It encapsulated me to the point that I would read the next chapter without my kids because i had to know what came next. Overall I'm extremely impressed with it, Oh yeah and for some reason its really inexpensive which I was really surprised at because the book feels like its made from really good quality material.
- Anonymous Review (found on Reddit)
What a fantastic story, full of the most beautiful color illustrations! It’s his birthday, & Jimmy gets to pick out a dog at the humane society. Jimmy has wanted a dog his whole life. But he never imagined he’d find a pet that could talk to him telepathically! It turns out that the dog is immortal, born in Egypt more than 3 thousand years ago. With the ability to read both canine & human thoughts, he has roamed the earth ever since, hoping to find others of his kind. Only after he meets Jimmy does he begin to discover clues to his elusive origins. When Jimmy rescues Andrew from the pound, the first of their many adventures begins. And what an adventure it is. There are many kids & their dog stories I’m sure, but I loved how different this one is. I also loved THIS boy & his dog so much! lol They were like one person, so bonded. Jimmy is so sweet, & Andrew is so amazing. Jimmy, Andrew, & Pete (another fantastic character) all have my heart. This whole story was so different & imaginative. I loved every part-from the Forest People, the Stonehenge, the Priest Clan, & the whole history & current plot itself. So engrossing & terrific. It can get a little dark & upper MG with some parts. I loved how the author handled hunting in here. Not only using hunting for survival not sport (sport would’ve made me furious lol), making sure none is wasted, making it fast, & I especially loved when Sam shared saying thank you to the animals spirit. The aliens were not what I was expecting at all & are different to anything I’ve read & I enjoyed that aspect as well. The characters though, are what hook you. The author writes characters you fall in love with. This was such a grand adventure, & I’m so excited for the next book after the way it ended. Fabulous ending, that made me so intrigued & excited to see what happens next-especially with (not only Jimmy & Andrew) Pete & Pop. Absolutely beautiful cover & full page color illustrations throughout by @anilduyal too! 💜
- Belle, Book Reviewer, United States -- @bellesmiddlegrade
American Stonehenge is a real work of the storyteller's art. It's an adventure that pulled me into the marvelous world of Jimmy and Andrew. Jimmy, the young boy with his magical friend, a dog called Andrew. Ideas and scenes pour into one another from the present into history and on into the world of science fiction. All seamlessly interwoven. Artfully embroidered into the story are the perfume of indigenous wisdom, a light touch of human values, solid historical facts and hints of imaginative futures spun out of the
past. As an adventure it really keeps you on your toes as the unexpected is about to happen and you don't want to miss it. At the end of each chapter you just have to know what happens next. All in all a really great book. So more please Mike.
- Gregory F.
I didn’t want the story to end! Such great characters and a boy and dog who can communicate! The beautiful pictures help move you through the story. It’s full of intriguing twists and turns that not only hold your attention but teach you so many things along the way. I fell in love with Jimmy and Andrew! A MUST read for all ages!
- Sue L.
Jimmy and Andrew is the perfect book for children 10 and up. It's historical fiction that is well researched and extremely entertaining. It's the type of story that will make your children love to read. There is non-stop adventure and Jimmy and Andrew's relationship is magical! It is also a great book to read to your kids or grandkids because it's just as enjoyable for adults. Love, love, love it!!!
- Shirley B.
I really enjoyed how it was both entertaining yet educational, for kids and adults! I learned some new things myself, and was pulled along this wonderfully told story of a boy and his magical, ancient dog. Oh - the artwork that accompanied the story was beautifully done. I highly recommend this for parents and children to enjoy together.
- Jefferson A.
Reading the Jimmy and Andrew book again, I am uplifted and inspired. It is as enthralling as the first time I read it, in 2009.
What is touching me the most in this book is the loving relationship between Jimmy and Andrew, and the other characters in the book. It depicts a world I want to live in, where people are truly present for one another and they are really listening. It is only now that I realise that perhaps the fact there are no smart phones in their world contributes to deeper conversations and real adventure.
Another thing I really appreciate in this book is by learning about these special qualities that exist like thought reading, I noticed I am able to do so too, as if just knowing about this quality allows me to use it too. I am sure it is a quality that we all naturally possess but it never got acknowledged.
Finally, the whole interaction with the Marudon; their purpose to protect nature and the introduction to their advanced technology like Zadium gives hope to save this planet’s natural ressources and while I have never met an alien myself, it feels very likely that this planet has been visited by aliens in the way it has been described in the book.
If you want to open your mind and your heart and have a good time, grab a copy of the book and start the adventure.
- Annabel B.
This book offers engaging and educational adventures for readers of all ages. The main story includes insights and adventures for young readers in the form of the main narrative, which flips between a heartwarming story about the ties between Jimmy and Andrew and the action-packed mystery that eventually features cues from ancient history. The combination of action, dialogue and heart offers several levels of engagement for readers of all interests. Older readers with an interest in history will find plenty to delight in here, and the illustrations are sure to wow anyone with an appreciation for visual storytelling. A great pick for budding readers and young adult literature fans alike!
- Adam G.
There's a great deal to like about this book. The premise, that a nine-year-old boy adopts a dog from a shelter and immediately finds that he and the dog can "talk" to each other telepathically, that his ability to do this is very rare, and that the dog is beyond rare, with an exciting, astonishing history and intelligence. The boy and the dog form a deep bond right away and are off on their first adventure. The plot moves quickly, and the illustrations are perfect. Jimmy and Andrew are well developed characters from the get-go, both lovable and courageous. This book is labeled as "YA" but any child would love this, starting at age 9 and going up into the teens.
- Rebecca J.
I loved this book. The story is so interesting and my kids loved it too, fun for all ages!
- Sheyna G.