Monday, December 7, 2009

The Midnight Diary of Zoya Blume by Laura Cunningham

Cunningham, Laura Shaine. The Midnight Diary of Zoya Blume. Laura Geringer Books. Pgs. 163. Language: G, Sexual Content: G, Violence: G. Zoya Blume’s mother is having exploratory surgery and she asks her magician friend, Leon to come and watch Zoya until she can come home. Zoya is an adopted child who longs to remember what her earliest memory is in hopes that she might discover more about her past. She also fears that the monstrous witch, Buka will catch her off guard and capture her when she’s alone in the dark. With the help of her mom’s friend Leon, however, she will try and conquer her fears and discover what it really means to be loved and wanted. A endearing story of self-discovery, friendship, and family. Readers will enjoy the seemingly magical elements of this book as well as the need to find one’s place in the world. Lovers of realistic fiction and magicians will enjoy reading this book. EL/MS(Grades 4-7). ADVISABLE Reviewer: Jessica, Librarian, Olympus Jr. High.

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