Friday, January 19, 2007

The Wall and the Wing, by Laura Ruby

Gurl is the only child at the Hope House orphanage who cannot fly, but she has a cat (a truly rare thing!) and an ability to make herself invisible. This power attracts attention from various evildoers. Before her story is done, she and her friend Bug must deal with punks in the subway, the Sewer Rats of Satan, Sweetcheeks Grabowski, the Professor, and the Richest Man in the World.

This fantasy story gets high marks for originality and liveliness and I'm sure it has its fans. However, it never engaged me. The characters were not very interesting and their adventures seemed too random and unpredictable to capture my attention. Instead, I found myself simply drifting through the story.

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