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Summary: Molly and her friend Netty are called to save Queen Romey and the kingdom of Rairarubia. The evil Zenu has transformed herself into a duplicate Queen and is spreading evil. Molly and Netty must find a way to rewrite this history in one night, or Rairarubia is lost. This is a fantasy adventure book for teens.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 10 and up
Interest Level: 8 to 13
Age of Child: Read by student at Woodside Magnet High School for Arts and Communication (Newport News, VA)
Young Reader Reaction: This is a book I want to read again. It has lots of magic and excitement. I found the story interesting and wanted to keep reading it. It has lessons, too, like honesty is the best policy.
Adult Reader Reaction: The book grabs the reader on the first page. The characters are engaging, and the plot keeps your attention riveted. It is hard to put this book down.
Pros: This is a middle-grade reader that is interesting, action-packed, and has a good message.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a page-turner kids will return to again and again. There are great life lessons wrapped in fantasy. Even though the main characters are girls, the story will resonate with boys, too.
Educational Themes: Although meant to be a leisure read, there are still themes you can draw out: the dynamics of friendship, creative problem solving, choices and consequences, and integrity.
Literary Categories: Fiction - adventure, fantasy, mystery, middle school series
Date(s) Reviewed: June 2008
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