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“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”
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.