I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 2015 B.R.A.G. MEDALLION HONOREE
Each day is a struggle for fourteen-year-old Gracie Harrold as she moves through Westside Middle School after her older brother’s sudden disappearance. Not only does she have to deal with her feelings but those of his friends and teachers that remember him, as well as her parents.
“The reality that Ethan was gone, and her heart ached. Her life had turned upside down two years ago when Ethan left school and never returned home.”
After a particularly challenging day when Bianca and Zoey were at the height of their bullying Gracie, Gracie opened her locker … again her world turned upside down! Staring back at her was a young girl with a gaping mouth and wide eyes INSIDE her locker! Questioning her sanity, Gracie flees.
Another chance encounter in the locker and Anwen of Aldermarsh Pond introduces herself to Gracie and welcomes Gracie into her world. Gracie has found a world that is fun, filled with fairies and huge butterflies and other creatures. She feels stronger and different. She no longer has to witness her parents grieving; she is free.
There is a great evil that would destroy both worlds given an opportunity or worse yet – Gracie and her friends. “Not all of who know the ancient secrets will welcome this outsider to Aldermarsh Pond. There is even one who wanders in and out …”
Gracie must make a decision – discover the truth or live in fear jeopardizing her family and friends.
K.A. Lovold does an excellent job of bringing two worlds together making them realistic and connected. Her vivid descriptions bring the creatures and characters to life. She is masterful at pulling the heartstrings and making the reader feel the sense of loss and joy that Gracie experiences. One can almost see the look on Gracie’s face when she speaks of her parent’s overprotectiveness.
Lovold is skillful in building the plot making the existence of the two worlds seem natural and real. As a reader, I was worried that I would not be able to connect to the characters or plot given my age. Lovold is a crafter of words and stories – any and all ages will enjoy this book. A delightful book for the young and young at heart. It is a must read!
As a 2015 B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree, WordsAPlenty gives this book a 5 star rating and looks forward to the next installment.
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