It isn't easy being thirteen ... and being raised by your grandfather ... and having a name like Minno ... and then having to journey through a strange land. But Minno is doing the best she can. For all her young life Minno believed her parents were dead. Then she learns they're alive, but they're in grave danger. Her friend Hailey thought she was having a sleepover at her friend's house. Now she's Minno's ally and partner on an incredible quest. Together the girls embark on the adventure of a lifetime, where they face a veritable menagerie of strange creatures, both friendly and unfriendly to their cause. Oh, yeah, then there's one evil high minister Craveaux, who must stop Minno while he steals all the magic in the kingdom for his own sinister purposes. Minno has to save her parents, and along the way discover who she really is.
©2010 James M. Barlog (P)2014 James M. Barlog
Minno, I love her sarcasm and her tenacity at such a young age. She is a strong lead character that is a great role model for my daughters. We need more books with strong, smart, and sassy young girls.
The story made me laugh out loud at times, I became very invested in the characters.
It is a really creative tale with plenty of intriguing turns. There are issues with the way Minno acts at times. But it is very true to a child her age in her situation. In the end she learns her lessons.
I would definitely recommend this book to middle grade readers. It was great for kids in a tough place and helping them deal with all those feelings.
I have listened to other audiobooks narrated by Emily Beresford and really enjoyed them. She has a terrific pace and tone that suits the story. She puts just the right amount of energy and emotion into the words.
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
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