- A “verboten” library
- An inheritance of rare books
- A magic book that tells a different story to each reader
What bibliophile or avid reader would not be attracted to a book containing these elements? Aimed at middle-grade readers, even adults will devour it. It is cleverly narrated by Novus Fabula, the magic book itself! Thirteen year old Piper and her autistic younger brother Phoenix go to live with their Aunt Beryl after the death of their mother. Their father has been missing for a year after being kidnapped in a foreign country.
It contains elements of several genres — mystery, gothic, fantasy– blended into an intriguing tale that will keep you wanting to read more. Each chapter begins with a quote (some are real, some invented, but you’ll like them all). Characters and their emotions are realistically portrayed. It weaves the mention of other children’s classics into the plot — Harry Potter, The Narnia Tales, The Little House Series, The Secret Garden and more. In addition, this is a book that will make you think about life, God and paying attention to the world around you and having compassion for others.
Here’s my favorite quote:
“I would never say that God can’t reach inside the words we read in a book or a song and tell us things we need to hear.”
VERDICT: 5 STARS. Buy it for the middle schooler on your Christmas list this year.
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