Manuscript evaluation

Peak Services recently completed an evaluation of a book manuscript by Casey Gushikuma. Here is an excerpt from the evaluation:

The Kumasogami (hereafter referred to as TK) is an engrossing collection of Japanese tales for a young audience.…The elements of Japanese history and culture were rendered with attention to detail and accuracy, and the conflict between religion based tribes and profit-based societies was captured well.

Most important perhaps is that TK encourages the development of a moral perspective—critical for young readers, especially in a world where exploiting people and natural resources for political or economic gain is all too common. By imbuing characters, including other creatures, with magical qualities, TK allows its readers to expand their sympathies and to see that virtuous acts have lasting power.