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Summary: Windy loves books. Her collection fills her room, and whenever she needs quiet or an escape from life as a teenager, she picks one up. Thanks to a special gift from her grandmother, she has the power to be totally absorbed in the stories she loves. This story is part teen journal and part mystery.
Type of Reading: anytime reading, middle grade reader
Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 10 to 13
Young Reader Reaction: This is definitely a good read. It is unpredictable and very creative, too. The authors described each object in the attic with vivid words that really helped me paint a picture of what she might be talking about. I thought for sure that I knew what the treasure would be, but I was surprised (and wrong).
Adult Reader Reaction: Windy's life is front and center in this book. The occasional references to how she misses her mother, grandmother, and father offer key perspective about how Windy sees the world.
Pros: The story moves smoothly and it is easy to keep up with the plot. Teens will relate to Windy. Teen Reviewer: I would recommend it to other people.
Cons: Teen reviewer: The only thing that kind of irritated me about the book was that it had a lot of spelling mistakes. Parent: Windy's life happens largely in isolation, with the other characters absent in her life: her father is traveling, her mother is dead, and a step-mother that just pops in/out. This may not be an environment you want to condone or encourage for your teen.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. It's well written and, even with the fantasy elements, is still wholesome and fun.
Educational Themes: The subtle, underlying message in this book is that a love of reading sparks your imagination…and you can transport yourself into a story.
Literary Categories: fiction - mystery, adventure
Date(s) Reviewed: November 2004
Other Reviews: See publisher material at bn.com (barnes & noble) and reader feedback at borders.com. None found.
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