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Robyn yearns for red-hot crucibles full of molten bronze & the roaring fires of the foundry. But is she really ready for The Casting?
Robyn yearns for red-hot crucibles full of molten bronze & the roaring fires of the foundry. But is she really ready for The Casting?
Robyn yearns for red-hot crucibles full of molten bronze & the roaring fires of the foundry. But is she really ready for The Casting?
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Hello, my name is Joyce Shor Johnson and I am the author of The Casting, a middle grade adventure novel with an unlikely hero who wants to be a bronze caster like her father.

Meet Robyn, a twelve-year–old girl living in 350 A.D. Ireland, who must choose her future path before her coming-of-age ceremony at Samhaim.

In her time, most girls chose the more traditional roles of healing, midwifery or farming. Others less frequently chose to be warriors or go into Brehon law, but none of these choices appeal to her. Instead, Robyn yearns for red-hot crucibles full of molten bronze and the roaring fires of her father's foundry. She seeks the acceptance of the bronze casters, and the traditions of her father.

Unknown to Robyn, making the choice to be a bronze caster is the easy part—becoming a bronze caster will be the greatest challenge of her life. The biggest obstacle is Gilhey, her sister Lianna’s betrothed and her father’s top student. Gilhey convinces Lianna to turn away from Robyn, causing a rift between the sisters. Without the support of her sister, Robyn struggles to find her place among the other apprentices.

Robyn’s life changes forever the day she accidentally sets fire to the foundry, nearly burning it to the ground and causing great injury to her father. Unable to face the consequences, Robyn decides she must leave the community. Before Robyn has the chance to run though, Gilhey has her kidnapped by wandering Roman soldiers.

When Finn,  an unexpected ally, comes to Robyn’s aid, she finds it within herself to face the challenges ahead and survive the fight for her life. At the end of her journey, Robyn learns to accept herself for who and what she is: a bronze caster at heart, a girl learning her trade, a life just beginning.

Reaching This Goal!

To be able to achieve my goal, I need to raise enough money to fund the production, printing, marketing, and distribution of this book, for which I hope—with your help and generosity—to send to press this December.

My fascination with art and ancient technology, my Irish heritage, and the Celtic flavor of this primeval time, led me to the art of lost wax bronze casting, a setting steeped in tradition and beauty.

The finished book, The Casting,will be available in a 5.5” x 8.5” hard cover with full color dust jacket and high quality heavy paper for no bleed through on the illustrated chapter heading pages, and a 5.5”x 8.5 perfect bound soft cover edition will also be available.

A professional editor from the current children’s publishing industry is working with me on both the editorial and copy editing of this book. While an experienced cover and book designer has created the professional trade-ready book for this project.

Need a visual for the Rewards?

Check out a few of the available rewards you'll receive. I hope you like them.

The Bookmark:

The Postcard: Reproduction of the cover.

The tote bag:

The necklace:


The stained glass Celtic knot sun catcher which represents the triple goddesses: the maiden, the mother, and the crone.

The Book Cover

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    Receive a signed and dedicated hard copy of The Casting. Plus, a dedicated soft cover copy of The Casting and your name on the Website “Thank You” page, a thank you card with a special illustration by the author, a full color postcard and bookmark of the book cover both signed by the author, and a shout out on Facebook, Twitter, and my blog.

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    Receive a handmade (by the author), bronze spiral necklace (see picture on the story page). Plus, a signed and dedicated hard copy of The Casting, a dedicated soft cover copy of The Casting and your name on the Website “Thank You” page, a thank you card with a special illustration by the author, a full color postcard and bookmark of the book cover both signed by the author, and a shout out on Facebook, Twitter, and my blog.

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    Receive a hand-colored illustration of an interior chapter head illustration signed by the author. Plus, a handmade (by the author), bronze spiral necklace (see picture on the story page), a signed and dedicated hard copy of The Casting, a dedicated soft cover copy of The Casting and your name on the Website “Thank You” page, a thank you card with a special illustration not in the book, a full color postcard and bookmark of the book cover both signed by the author, and a shout out on Facebook, Twitter, and my blog.

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    Receive a tote bag 8”x10” limited edition, full color print of the cover of The Casting. Plus, a hand-colored illustration of an interior chapter head illustration signed by the author. Plus, a handmade (by the author), bronze spiral necklace (see picture on the story page), a signed and dedicated hard copy of The Casting, a dedicated soft cover copy of The Casting and your name on the Website “Thank You” page, a thank you card with a special illustration not in the book, a full color postcard and bookmark of the book cover both signed by the author, and a shout out on Facebook, Twitter, and my blog.

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    Receive an original Celtic knot stained glass sun catcher made by the author (see picture on the story page). Plus, a tote bag 8”x10” limited edition, full color print of the cover of The Casting. Plus, a hand-colored illustration of an interior chapter head illustration signed by the author. Plus, a handmade (by the author), bronze spiral necklace (see picture on the story page), a signed and dedicated hard copy of The Casting, a dedicated soft cover copy of The Casting and your name on the Website “Thank You” page, a thank you card with a special illustration not in the book, a full color postcard and bookmark of the book cover both signed by the author, and a shout out on Facebook, Twitter, and my blog.

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    Receive a classroom or library virtual visit from the author through Skype. Plus, an original Celtic knot stained glass sun catcher made by the author (see picture on the story page). Plus, a tote bag 8”x10” limited edition, full color print of the cover of The Casting. Plus, a hand-colored illustration of an interior chapter head illustration signed by the author. Plus, a handmade (by the author), bronze spiral necklace (see picture on the story page), a signed and dedicated hard copy of The Casting, a dedicated soft cover copy of The Casting and your name on the Website “Thank You” page, a thank you card with a special illustration not in the book, a full color postcard and bookmark of the book cover both signed by the author, and a shout out on Facebook, Twitter, and my blog.

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