Friday, November 19, 2010

Trickster’s Girl by Hilari Bell - OPTIONAL

Bell, Hilari Trickster’s Girl, 288 p. Houghton, 2011.  $16.00.  

Language: PG (12 swears, 0 “F”); Other Content: G.  

Kelsa is still mourning her father’s death from cancer.  When she honors him with a private burial, she is suddenly swept up by a mysterious figure who calls himself Raven and joins him on a supernatural quest to restore balance to nature – because what humans have destroyed, humans must restore.  Kelsa doesn’t know, however, that it is just her and Raven against all of the other nature beings and a large host of hostile bikers.  Kelsa will have to think quickly and take huge risks in order to preserve herself and fulfill the quest.  

The ecological bent of this novel is very evident (obvious), but the action and danger almost make up for it.  This is much shorter than most of Bell’s novels and while the character is a teen, it really reads better for elementary.  I would suggest T.A. Barron, or Bell’s other books for older students who want something similar.  

EL, MS – OPTIONAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher.

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