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“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
Summary: Now that she is 12, Kendra can begin her training as a wizard. When she gets her new wand of eenwood, Kendra begins to think of all the things she'll be able to do with it. She does not understand the tree's warning that she must beware the coming storm and that is inside her. While she is struggling to bring magic to her wand, Kendra discovers that shard of greeve, a piece of magic that everyone lusts after. Unlike her wand, when Kendra uses the shard, the magic is instant ... and powerful. With the dark magic comes dark secrets, and as Kendra's world crumbles, she decides to trust the shard over her friends' counsel. Clearly they aren't as smart as she is - she will free Uncle Griffinstitch and her brother with or without them. Or will she? This is the third title in this fantasy adventure; the plot demonstrates the importance of being accountable for your choices.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 8 and 12; read yourself: 11 and up
Interest Level: 9and up
Reading Level: 6.1
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: I loved this book and now want to go back to read the first two stories. Kendra and her friends are engaging characters, at once humorous (in a Pippi Longstocking kind of way) yet also "real." There is just enough mystery to engage young audiences, but it is neither scary nor gory. I particularly loved how the author spoke to the reader, asking him/her to draw on their own experiences to connect with Kendra.
Pros: Delightful characters and a quick pace make this enjoyable as a read-aloud and as a book for silent reading. It is a good choice for children of mixed ages.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a most enjoyable book that is likely to be shared over and over again.
Educational Themes: Fodi draws on the need for patience throughout the book. He demonstrates what happens when you don't have it, and also offers different types of situations for when it is needed. There are themes of friendship, family, and problem solving that are not "black and white" decisions. Good for book discussions.
Notes: The author donated an advance review copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, adventure, series book
Date(s) Reviewed: April 2010
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