Author: Beth Bracken and Kay Fraser
Format: Hardcover / Paperback
Publisher: Capstone Young Readers
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Children’s 11 +
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About the Book:
Two friends, torn apart. Soli and Lucy argue, and then Lucy disappears, taken by the faeries who live in the forest near their homes. Can Soli save her friend, even if it means facing the biggest dangers she’s ever experienced?
In a book geared for young readers (ages 10 – 14) this is a beautifully illustrated and cleverly depicted story sure to enchant readers. It particularly should appeal to girls close to the ages of the heroines in the story: Soli and Lucy – caught in that age where boys are intriguing but the surety and security of dolls and imaginings are safer.
Fast paced, with points of view provided by each girl, they are caught in the fulfillment of an old prophecy when Lucy is captured by the faeries and disappears. Soli must then dig deep and discover just what her friend means to her, and what she will do to keep and save her.
With a touch of grade school flirtations and many of the usual jealousies that pop up between friends, even best friends since forever, are well detailed and dissected in each point of view. An enchanting treatise on friendship and the meaning of true friends: the fanciful plot neatly provides the lesson without preaching.
This is a gorgeous book, with illustrations that highlight and enhance the story and provide a beautiful detailing to fire imagination. As a start to a series, this is a good one and will have young readers anxiously awaiting the next volume.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.