Book review: Furthermore, by Tahereh Mafi

Mafi, Tahereh. Furthermore. Dutton’s Children Books, 2016. 401 pgs. $17.99. ISBN: 978-1-101-99476-4. Gr. 4+. Q8 P8

Life for Alice is horrible. Her world is full of color and magic, but Alice has neither color nor magic. She thinks that her mother hates her and the students of her school do too. The date where all the students in her class must show their talents to the city is fast approaching. This is a very important event that establishes what your job will be in the future. This is another problem for Alice because along with no magic she has no talent. The day of the ceremony, Alice is prepared but she fails, truly fails. When Oliver asks her to go on a journey to find her father she jumps at the chance. They go through doors that lead them to other places that are steeped in magic, have different rules, and other trap doors to fall through. Each place, some vibrant with life, others in the clouds and some with just very difficult beings but through it all they get closer to finding her father.

Verdict: A story that at times felt like Alice in Wonderland. Though all of this I and hopefully other readers will come to realize, as Alice did, that being yourself and being different is okay.

April 2017 review by Carol Bernardi.

Book review: The Hidden Coronet, by Catherine Fisher

Fisher, Catherine. The Hidden Coronet. (Relic Master, book 3) Dial Books, 2011. $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8037-3675-7. 414 p. Gr. 6 – 12. P6Q7

fisher-hidden-coronetFive characters, Raffi, Solon, Galen, Marco, and Cary, go on a mission to find the hidden coronet.  Along the way the five start to turn against each other because someone has slipped information to the order about their secret plans.  Despite the upheaval the five are forced to work together to obtain the coronet.  Why they finally find it the spy can be unmasked.  A complex story that the reviewer found a little difficult to follow.

Review by student: H. M.