Blakemore, Megan Frazer, Friendship Riddle. Pgs. 368. Bloomsbury USA, 2015. $16.99. Language: G, Mature Content: G, Violence: G
Ever since her friend, Charlotte, ditched her for the popular crowd, Ruth Mudd-O'Flaherty has been a lone wolf. Things start to change for her, however, when she discovers a riddle on a piece of origami paper in an old library book. Not only does she get picked to be a part of the spelling bee, but Coco and Lena start acting like they want to be friends. She knows to solve the riddle in the old book and win the spelling bee, she’ll need the help of friends, but she’s unsure if she can trust Lena and Coco. Can Ruth solve the riddles? Will she win the spelling bee? Will she learn how to trust again?
The author does a great job of mixing themes of fantasy and science fiction with adventure and friendship. Her allusions to Lord of the Rings are well placed and don’t throw the reader off from the plot line. The characters are well developed, realistic, and engaging. Readers who like stories about friendship, adventure, riddles, and realistic fiction will enjoy reading this book. EL. ADVISABLE. Reviewr: Kira M, Youth Services Librarian, WHI Public Library.