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Summary: Becca Addison is a precocious ten-year-old in a family that appears to lead normal lives as restaurateurs, caterers, painters, and sculptors. But Becca and her family come from another realm, “The Other Side,” which can only be accessed by a portal called the Mist. Theft of rare paintings and gems, as well as kidnappings, have upset the entire community. Becca, her family and friends, join in the efforts to rescue the captives and recover the paintings and jewels, but time is slipping away. This is a young-adult fantasy mystery.
Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Young Reader Reaction: Becca is a character most kids can relate to, despite her magical powers. Diamond Traitors is a charming novel that fulfills the desire of children who use their imaginations. Reading this fantasy story filled my mind with memories of wanting to be invisible. The book is very descriptive and brings the reader into the environment. In addition to being a great adventure, the book also relates to common problems the average fourth grader deals with. The younger characters speak just how fourth-graders do using common phrases and occasional sarcasm. I would recommend the book for girls ages 10 or 11 who are looking for an exciting fantasy story.
Adult Reader Reaction: This book has the potential of being great. It was a good first try. Any adolescent girl who read it would say that it is a great and fun read.
Pros: The author captures the excitement, exuberance, frenetic behavior and attention span of adolescent girls. As a result, the characters are authentic, believable, and fun to know.
Cons: At the author’s request, the publisher allowed the work to go to print verbatim, without editorial input. Editing would have reduced some of the tedious description and eliminated some of the slang.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This story is a fun read for adolescent girls. It is a great birthday gift, stocking stuffer, or vacation read. It is one of those books that will be read several times and shared with one’s friends.
Educational Themes: The lesson to be learned from this book is that reading is fun. If you are looking for a book that will be enjoyable and exciting, particularly for adolescent girls, this is a great choice.