Monday, March 2, 2015

Beneath the Stone Forest by Jordan Quinn -- ADVISABLE

Quinn, Jordan Beneath the Stone Forest (Kingdom of Wrenly #6), illustrated by Robert McPhillips. Little Simon, 2014. $5.99. Content: G.

When Clara's teacher asks her class to map out parts of the kingdom that they've never visited, Clara convinces her friend Prince Lucas to come with her to the eerie Stone Forest. Only problem? Lucas's snotty cousin Princess Bella is in town -- and so is Bella's yappy, annoying dog Percy. And they follow Lucas everywhere. But when Percy runs into the labyrinth of stone caves, it's up to the kids and their new friends the gnomes to find him before he gets lost forever.

This is the sixth installment in the Kingdom of Wrenly series and, like the others, it is a fun tale with plenty of adventure. It is driven more by the characters than the plot, so the mystery and high stakes of the earlier books aren't quite as present here; still, it is likely to keep readers' attention, and Princess Bella's growth is a great lesson in not judging others. Like the rest of the series, this beginning chapter book features simple language, a large font, and plenty of illustrations. All in all, a nice addition to the series.

EL (K-3) -- ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Caryn

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