I know that this is a book aimed for the "young adult" or early teen audience, but the sub-title really amused me, so I read it.
And I liked it. Following the tribulations of Flora, a girl about to pass the 14th birthday threshold into maturity, we enter into a world of magic and fantastic beings that seems to have some similarities, in names at least, to California.
Between the chores of maintaining an 11,000 room house, returning the butler (a denizen of potent powers) to its place in the home, dealing with a daring rescue, and coping with an insane father; poor Flora must also prepare for her Catorcena ceremony to mark her birthday. But the denizen is not totally honest, the prisoner is not what he seems, and her best friend has an ego the size of his wardrobe, which is considerable.
Following the example of the legendary Ranger, Nini Mo, Flora jumps from situation to disaster and back again in a fast-paced and interesting tale. The characters are well thought out, and all have some strange quirks and virtues. The writing captures the whimsy of the setting while still giving the adventure some teeth. Plenty of room is left for sequels.
While I might not read more by this author (it is for a younger crowd, after all), I'm holding on to this for my daughter when she's old enough. She'll love it!
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Harcourt Childrens Books (1 January 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0152054332
- ISBN-13: 978-0152054335
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.2 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 476 g
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