A review by Domoni.
Anni Moon and her best friend Lexi are orphans. They have been raised in an all girls school by their guardians, whose families have always run the school and for Anni especially, it has not always been easy. Anni’s beloved guardian Mabel disappeared and was declared dead three years ago which made things even harder. Now Lexi’s guardian has disappeared and been declared dead too. The school, their only home, is being purchased and everything is changing. Suddenly an impossible creature, a flying rat in clothes, chases Anni down to give her a message: “You must not leave school Anni Moon.” He will not tell her who the message is from but he does mention he had already delivered a message to Lexi.
Things only start to get stranger as the girls are expelled then Lexi is kidnapped and Anni is forced on a plane with a cat by her guardian. Anni is unhappy and takes pity on the cat and lets him out of his carrier, only for him to walk off and have to be chased down. When Anni finds him in the bathroom she tries to pick him up and is suddenly in another place altogether. This is where Anni learns about elementals and the world they live in, which her guardians seem to be a part of and have kept secret from her. As Anni learns more about a world she never could have dreamed up, and her best friend who has her own secrets, she determinedly insists on doing things her way and putting everything she has into finding Lexi.
This is the first book in a series and as such, it tries to lay down a lot of information. At times it can be overwhelming to remember all the characters or understand what is happening. But the author’s writing style kept pulling me along as I fell in love with Anni. She is a strong willed 12 (almost 13) year old girl that is a great example of perseverance. The world created by the author is rich and varied and kept astounding me. She creates words that are silly and fun and make your mouth pucker and twist. My son and I giggled at some of the silliness. The fact that it is intended as a series is good, because this book did leave me with many questions and we cannot wait to delve into book 2.
This book is great for readers 8 and up. While it may be aimed at girls, I think young boys would love it just as much. It could appeal to children who enjoy magical and supernatural stories like Harry Potter and the Bartimaeus Trilogy.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
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