A fun middle-grade book. This is the story of a girl’s attempt to find her mother and discover who she truly is. This is always a terrific theme for this age group, but Cresswell takes it one step further and put it into a wonderful world where, in an alternate universe connected to ours, live fairies, elves and all sorts of magical creatures, both wonderful and nasty. Characters are almost always more than they appear to be and relationships are intricate with a twist that makes the whole story interesting.
Although the pacing is a little slow, I kept coming back to read more, wanting to know what happens to the heroine, Lily. The story of her mother, Eleanor, which Lily reads about in a books she finds, is even more compelling than Lily’s own story. Cresswell has a few problems with point of view (giving odd points of view here and there for a paragraph at a time), it wasn’t a big enough problem to jolt me out of the story completely. Less savvy readers may not even notice.
This is definitely a book into which any kid, and many adults, would be happy to disappear.
Review done by (Guest Reviewer) Meredith Bond