Glewwe, Eleanor Wildings, 328 pages. Viking, 2016. $17. Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: G. (Verbal fighting and little physical fighting)
Rivka’s family was torn apart when her twin brother Arik was declared to not have magic and taken away, causing her mother to die from the grief. But when her father is assigned to Ambassador in Ashara, Rivka knows she has a chance to find Arik. So, when the small family of two reaches their new home, Rivka immediately devises a plan to hopefully find him. She meets a deaf boy at her school whose sister can help. With the help from Caleb, Marah, Hilah, and Azaiah, Rivka finds her brother, and her small plan to rescue her twin changes into a plan to possibly change the Family Laws of Ashara.
This book changed the way I see how important families are and how you can’t take siblings away from each other. Rivka shows that no matter what your age, you can stand up to others, whether they be the law or a bully, and that you can change the world. I would definitely recommend this book to Elementary and Middle School students.
EL, MS - ADVISABLE. Student Reviewer: EMP/7th