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Author: Alma Alexander

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Publisher: Eos, an imporint of HarperCollins Children's Books

Material: hard cover

Summary: Things were just settling down for Thea Winthrop, her family, and friends when their computers, especially Email programs, began to go bonkers. Something called Spellspam was infecting the computers at the Wandless Academy and fear began to spread among students, faculty, families, and friends. Who was instigating this attack?, Why? How can one defeat an enemy that cannot be seen or heard? Thea and her friends are trying to deal with the problem but realize that they may not have the time or resources to succeed. This is a young adult fantasy adventure.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, family reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 10 to 12; read yourself: 12 and up

Interest Level: 10 and Up

Reading Level: 3.8

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: The author decided to enlarge the scope, pace, and characters in this sequel to Worldweavers:Gift of the Unmage. She has certainly demonstrated her ability to write fantasy adventure and “coming of age” themes. But, as sometimes happens, the sequel doesn’t measure up to the original work. Though this may be a temporary setback, the author needs to know that Thea has lots of fans who await her next adventures.

Pros: This book is a fantasy novel. The original story is a splendid “coming of age” story which the author tried to sustain in this sequel.

Cons: This volume is like a pinball machine on steroids, with non-stop action, plots, and sub-plots, Characters multiply and pop in and out on whim.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. The first book is great, but this one is a little daunting.


Educational Themes: This is meant to be a recreational read.

Literary Categories: fiction - fantasy, adventure, young adult, series, middle grade series

Date(s) Reviewed: July 2008

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