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Summary: As Molly and Netty head to Molly’s bedroom to finish the story of their adventures in Raiarubia, they are surprised to find a large blue and white Gremerkle egg sitting on the floor when they open the door. Molly returns to Rairarubia to find that the Mammoth, an old enemy, has returned, kidnapped Romey and Sam’s daughter, Tracy, and unleashed a dangerous plague on Rairarubia. There is no cure for the plague unless Molly can get her Doctor Mom to Rairarubia. How can she do that? How will she explain what she and Netty have been doing? Will this be the end of the Tales of Rairarubia? This is a middle-reader fantasy adventure series.
Type of Reading: Bedtime Story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, advanced reader, middle grade reader
Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 11 and up
Young Reader Reaction: This book wasn't very entertaining for me. It was a little boring, mostly because I was not really into the plot of Molly and Netty going into the alternate reality. I'm sure other readers would find this book a good read. I do like how the author included details of what happened in Book 3. It helped me get caught up to what was going on in the series of The Rairarubia Tales.
Adult Reader Reaction: The author finds imaginative ways to keep the adventures fresh and exciting. The contrivance by which Molly’s Dr. Mom is co-opted to and from Rairarubia without requiring Molly to spill the beans, is ingenious. Molly, the main character, functions as a writer and an actor in the adventures and this technique has helped sustain the momentum of the series.
Pros: This is the fourth book in the series, and it is as good as its predecessors. The cast of characters is unique and believable and one finds that they are on call at any time. Parents and kids will want to re-read this book.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! It is a great addition to a pre-teen’s personal library. 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 themes continue evolve with the characters, allowing dialogues to continue and also introduce new ones:the importance of friendship; appreciating for opposing points of view; and the value of creative problem solving.
Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, adventure, series book, storytelling
Date(s) Reviewed: September 2005
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