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Summary: Though her adventure in Rairarubia ended some time ago, Molly can’t get it out of her mind. To make matters worse, strange phenomena continue to occur, piquing her curiosity, and pulling her to resume writing about Romey and Sam. If she gets involved she’ll be breaking a promise to her parents. The only option she has is to convince Netty, her best friend, to help her. Netty is convinced that Molly has an over-active imagination and should just “get over it”. To return to Rairarubia will be a daunting task. How will she meet the challenge? This is an adventure series whose plot is storywriting come alive.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, independent reading
Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 11 and up
Young Reader Reaction: This book is well written and very intriguing. The plot is complex and enthralling. The action, as well as original and imaginative
ideas, contribute to the quality of the book. The characters are realistically created, and the different settings are each unique and contrasting, which adds more color to the plot. Although I personally do not enjoy fantasy and science-fiction books, I thought this book was still very enthralling. It will certainly appeal to other children and young adults.
Adult Reader Reaction: The adventures continue to be intriguing, the characters are believable and the plot holds the reader’s/ listener’s attention. Adams embellishes the story by presenting Molly’s moral dilemma of wanting to do something she promised her parents she wouldn’t do. He presents the predicament in a manner that 99 of 100 kids have gone through and provide an adult an opportunity to discuss Molly’s predicament.
Pros: Like Rairarubia, this is an excellent Bedtime Story or Read Aloud Book. The story grabs the reader immediately. The student reader will easily relate to Molly’s problem and think about what they would do in her place.
Cons: There really are no negatives. The author knows his audience and is superb at his craft.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! This book would be great for the personal bookshelf of any 8 -12 year old. Hopefully, the librarian and middle school teachers would have access to a copy of the book. It’s a great read and one to which the readers will return more than once.
Educational Themes: The story creates lots of opportunities for families (or classes) to talk about dilemmas … with moral dilemmas being some of the toughest for teens.
Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, adventure, series book
Date(s) Reviewed: September 2005
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