Sunday, August 15, 2010

Unfamiliar Magic by R.C. Alexander - ADVISABLE

Alexander, R.C. Unfamiliar Magic. Random House, 2010. Pgs. 353.

Language: G, Violence: PG, Sexual Content: G.


Desi, her mother, and her faux father figure(the magic golem) have moved again. Every time Desi gets settled, something happens that causes her mother to up and move them. This makes it difficult for Desi to learn the family trade: magic. When Desi’s mother is suddenly gone and leaves Kate, the family’s familiar, in human form to look after her. Without her mother, Desi finds herself torn between creating relationships with the Mundanes (non-magic people) and being an independent young woman who needs to find her mother and being an obedient daughter. Where is Desi’s mom? Who is her father? Why does Desi’s mother keep up and moving them around?

An action-filled fantasy filled with mystery and adventure. The characters are well-developed, the plot is unique, and the story keeps the reader interested. Readers who like magical realism, fantasy, adventure, and mystery will enjoy reading this book.

Jessica M, Library Media Specialist, Olympus Jr. High.

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