Surprise author debuts new book for kids

Posted 6/9/21

Surprise resident Mark Enlow recently released my middle grade novel, “The King of Zu Island.”

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Surprise author debuts new book for kids


Surprise resident Mark Enlow recently released my middle grade novel, “The King of Zu Island.”

The book debuted in time for an adventuresome summer read.

A hurricane, a mysterious island, chatty animals, gnomes, a mermaid, a king, and some very wicked pirates come to life in a fantasy/adventure story for young readers ages 8-12.

Lucas and his dog, Applejack find themselves stranded in a mysterious place. Lucas wants to return home, which will require him to deal with a bossy tiger, a sometimes overly sensitive gorilla, and a funny, but not always helpful meerkat in this strange new land.

After Lucas listens to the animal’s wild stories, he decides that he must try to form a united group which will require trust, compassion, patience, and determination.

Will they be able to work together to venture through the many adventures that lie ahead or will they all be doomed to their new and dangerous surroundings? Can the King of Zu Island help them? Lucas must give the challenges ahead his best effort.

Enlow was inspired by adventure, travel and the interesting people that he met along the way. It was in that spirit of new horizons that “Zu Island” was created with its many spectacular places to explore and lively characters to meet.

‘The King of Zu Island’ has been described by readers as a page-turner filled with adventure, fantasy, and fun for children and their families.

Mark lives in Surprise with his wife, Janet, as they await their next new adventure.
The book is now available on in both paperback and Kindle. The author’s website can be reached at