Tuesday, December 31, 2019
The Root of Magic, by Kathleen Benner Duble
None of which seems to both Willow's mother. Always a bit obsessed with monitoring the health of sickly child Wisp, she becomes convinced that living in Kismet may be the solution to his health issues. For Willow, who has had to endure a fair amount of sacrifices for her brother's care, this is a final straw: She wants to go home and leave this place forever!
An entertaining fantasy novel, which poses questions about fate versus free will in terms that younger readers will understand. Willow is observant, brave, and assertive, yet also kind and respectful (all traits that parents will appreciate in a book). An age-appropriate romance with a local boy adds some fun and is nicely integrated into the tale. The result is an easy reading and fun story.