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In YA Book Reviews on September 6, 2016 at 12:59 am

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By Tahereh Mafi

Middle Grade Fantasy/©2016/401 Pages/Stand Alone/Recommended for Middle Grades

Publisher’s Information (Courtesy of Goodreads):

The bestselling author of the Shatter Me series takes readers beyond the limits of their imagination in this captivating new middle grade adventure where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places.

There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit–and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself–and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

My Thoughts:

I have been a fan of Tahereh Mafi since her Shatter Me trilogy, and this book did not disappoint.  It is highly entertaining and masterfully written.  The characters are truly unique, and the plot is quite engaging. The ending of each chapter just begs the reader to continue on to the next. Fast paced, hilarious, and almost impossible to put down. In addition to being a story well told, it is also about friendship, being yourself and believing in yourself. It is a great addition to the middle school library.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Favorite Quote:

“Alice knew that being different would always be difficult; she knew that there was no magic that would erase narrow-mindedness or iron out the inequities in life. But Alice was also beginning to learn that life was never lived in absolutes. People would both love her and rebuff her; they would show both kindness and prejudice. The simple truth was that Alice would always be different—but to be different was to be extraordinary, and to be extraordinary was an adventure. It no longer mattered how the world saw her; what mattered was how Alice saw herself. ”

 

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