Friday, May 3, 2013

Hero by Alethea Kontis - ESSENTIAL

Kontis, Alethea Hero, 282 p. Harcourt (Houghton), 2013.  $17.  

Language: PG (6 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: PG (glimpse of clothesless girl); Violence: PG (regular for fantasy).  

Saturday Woodcutter has always felt outside of her family, as the only Woodcutter without fae powers.  On the day her brother Trix runs away, however, Saturday almost breaks the world.  And in trying to fix it, she is snatched up by an eagle and deposited into the clutches of a lorelei, an evil demon who is determined to really destroy the world.  Together with Peregrine, a boy who has been imprisoned in the form of a woman for more years than Saturday can guess, and Peregrine’s companion Betwixt, the trio must figure out how to thwart the demon – even if it means that all of them might sacrifice themselves for each other. 

I think I’m in love with Ms. Kontis.  She may have started Enchanted as a dare, but she seems to have expanded her and developed her story in a masterful, engaging way.  Though this story focuses mainly on Saturday and Peregrine, there is plenty more to learn about the extended Woodcutter family – AND the elusive Jack Woodcutter.  All this has done is made me hungry for the next book, and the next and the next….   Pardon me, I have to go read this again.  

MS, HS – ESSENTIAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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