Bardhan-Quallen, Sudipta. Chasing Magic. (Merida series, #1.) Illustrated by Gurihiru. Random House/Disney, 2016. $9.99. ISBN 978-0-7364-3290-0. 123 pages. Ages 5-10. P8Q7.
This is the first book in a new early reader chapter book series. Merida, the Princess of DunBroch and the star of Disney/Pixar’s Brave, needs to solve the mysterious disappearance of her visiting friend. Merida anticipates the visit which will celebrate a lifelong bond between DunBrock and Cardonagh. Is her mother trying to arrange a marriage? There is some suspense as Merida considers the meaning of her mother’s words and the meeting of a strange girl who is also out riding and practicing archery. The girls become fast friends and endure a squabble full of jealousy. The book contains fun vocabulary that is easily explained with context clues.
February 2016 review by Penny McDermott.