Caterer, Claire M. The Key and the Flame. 468 pages. Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2013. $7.99. Content: G.
Holly Shephard is an 11-year-old day-dreamer. She spends her time in an imaginary world of dragons and make-believe, instead of living in modern America suburbia. Her family moves to England for the summer and the caretaker of their cottage gives her a key. The key opens a tree that leads her, her brother Ben, and a neighbor boy Everett into a medieval world. There the key is a magic wand and magic is forbidden. Ben and Everett are captured and Holly must use her newfound magic to save them with the help of local enchanted creatures.
Children who enjoyed The Chronicles of Narnia, will like this more modern edition. Ben is a computer gamer-addict with asthma and Everett is a lonely kid from a single-parent family. Holly is the magic-loving traditional hero, but she has some character development as she works through the setbacks and learns more about herself and others. The plot moves quickly with some unexpected twists. Expect more adventures with Holly.
EL-ADVISABLE. Samantha Hastings, MA, MLS.