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Summary: Mindy Magee finished lunch, gathered her beach chair and some books, found her favorite spot under a shade tree by the lake, and began to read. After a few minutes, she nodded off to sleep. A chilling breeze and an odd sound awakened her. In front of her was a large golden bird who introduced himself to her and extended an invitation to a party from Princess Min of the land of Zot. Should she go? Will it be dangerous? What will she tell her parents? Would she be able to return? This is a chapter book fantasy for pre-teens.
Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12
Interest Level: 8 to 12
Reading Level: 5
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: In addition to writing a great story, the author gives the reader ample opportunity to reflect/discuss questions about family, friends, personal responsibility, curiosity, and power of a positive outlook on life.
Pros: This is a simple and imaginative adventure story. The plot is interesting and quick paced. The characters and their roles are carefully drawn and are essential to the adventure.
Borrow or Buy: This book is a “buy” for a bedtime reading selection and/or for a read aloud book for the classroom.
Educational Themes: The story demonstrates the wonder of imagination, the lure of curiosity, and the power of a positive outlook on life. The plot and characters provide ample topics and situations for meaningful thought and discussion.