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Summary: While showing his cousins some of the magical powers he learned in Remin City, David receives a message asking for help. In David's quest to uncover a mysterious contagion affecting Inspire, they befall adventures that test their abilities, wondering all the whle if they'll ever get back to Grandma's hot tub. This is the second book in the Remin Chronicles series
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, middle grade reader
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 10 to 13
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: I liked that it had magic and how they used it. I also liked the pictures of the creations. At first I thought it was kind of boring, but as I kept reading more stuff happened and it got more exciting. I would read this again.
Adult Reader Reaction: As in the first volume, Ruth immediately engages the reader. Introduc-ing the four female cousins and giving them credible roles in the adventures, made this story more than just a sequel. Like its predecessor, the story is action packed and moves quickly.
Pros: The characters are unique and the magic and wizardry are believable. Its structure, content, and pace, make this a great book for the Middle School / Junior High School Reader.
Cons: None. The author knows his audience and genre and hit the bulls-eye, again.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! This book is a worthwhile purchase for a 10 — 12 year old. It is not a one time read. Young readers will find the story exciting and the characters, with the exception of Aklefur, to be friends. They will revisit Inspire often. Woodside: Buy! I think this book should be in the library. It was a great story.
Educational Themes: The author uses nature as the environmental framework for the fantasy world that he creates. In this story, the process of symbiosis, (i.e., two life forms that live and grow together) is highlighted.
Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, young adult, adventure, series book
Date(s) Reviewed: September 2005, June 2008
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