This is a great middle school or read to me book with tons of adventure and lots of characters to associate with. I loved the story line and I think for the most part the author handled the different worlds that Neiko was a part of pretty well. I did find myself lost a few times but the fact that the author used different names for the two worlds helped a lot.
However, that also led to some confusion trying to keep the characters identified. For a middle school book, there seemed to be a lot of ‘main’ characters and it was hard sometimes to keep them straight.
I loved the pictures and the illustrator should get extra kudos for the portrayal of the author’s vision. I read the descriptions of the characters and saw the pictures were so exact they almost leapt out of the pages. Great job.
My recommendation on this book would be to cut down a bit on the host of main characters. If I, as an adult, got confused, I can’t imagine how a 12 or 15 year old would be able to keep track of who was whom. I did love the story line and once I stopped trying to memorize the names of those not specifically interacting with Neiko I got along better with the cast.
The story line was easy to follow, however and the adventure definitely worth the read. I look forward to reading other books by this author and in this series.
Reviewed by Sue Owen
January 24, 2012
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