King, Carol Shadow Spell, 308 p. Simon, 2010. $7. Content: G.
The Drift is dying and only Nin and her friends can save it. In order to do so, they must find the reclusive, elusive Simeon Dark – the only sorcerer who might have enough power to stop Arafin Strood’s evil designs. But Dark is hidden so cunningly, it will take all their smarts and their bravery to save the other world.
This is pretty heroic stuff, but it won’t create the same buzz as Harry Potter and friends. I can’t put my finger on it exactly, but it may actually be too smart for most kids. It is well worth it for bustling libraries that check out large amounts of fantasy.
EL, MS – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacher