Maggie is 12 and barely copes with life. She has food allergies, asthma, and is always anxious, even when crossing a bridge. How does she know the bridge won't collapse?
Maggie only copes with life thanks to her best friend, Anahira Waititi, and her ever-present meds bag. Her bag contains her asthma inhaler, epi-pen, and safe treats to eat.
At a fun 'apocalypse' training camp Maggie discovers a secret she can scarcely believe. She is invited to join a hidden programme and go on a magical adventure. Will Maggie face her fears and journey into the unknown?
"This was a wildly fun read, and I highly recommend it to all ages, especially to readers who love adventure, mystery, magic, and plenty of girl power!"
"A must read for those that like positive energy, and fun in their bookcase! I’m already looking forward to joining the Wayfinder Girls on their next adventure!"
"Maggie is a great read for young readers that are looking for humour, fantasy, adventure and seeing how an ordinary person can do extraordinary things. Highly recommend!"
The problem of waste is not limited to the inhabitants of Earth, it vexes the greatest minds in the cosmos. None more so than Zlantarb Attikus, a lead supervisor at the Bureau of Cosmic Waste Management.
Zlantarb must dispose of the seemingly endless waste the Union of Worlds create. So much waste that wars have been fought over it. But wars just create more waste.
Zlantarb plans to dump waste on other worlds through the Portal Project. It is just difficult to find connected worlds that won't protest.
Zlantarb almost gives up, but then a world once lost becomes available again, a world called Earth. And it seems the inhabitants of Earth do not care for their own world. It's a perfect place to dump cosmic waste.
Can Maggie and her friends thwart Zlantarb's plan and save Earth from becoming a cosmic landfill? The problem is, they only have one day to do so. And they have to plead their case at the Bureau of Cosmic Waste Management, which is in another world. Another world!!
Oh dear, how will Maggie cope? And how can the Wayfinder Girls possibly save Earth this time around? They only have one day!!
Okay, not really a novel. But a notebook containing the rules that the Wayfinder Girls live by. Some of these rules appear in Maggie and the Mountain of Light:
“A good question, Margaret,” Lady Marie responded, turning her attention back to me. “And an important lesson to begin our training. Guardians Rule #26: One must always make sure of one’s own safety.”
Only rule number twenty-six? Shouldn’t that be rule number one?
“We are governed by a Council. A group of high-ranking current and ex-Wayfinder leaders. We all work hard to keep our activities hidden from the public. Guardians Rule #7: One must always guard our secrets.”
Guarding secrets is more important than being safe? That doesn’t sound right.
Lady Marie held up her hand. “Another learning opportunity. Guardians Rule #23: One must never scoff at strange sightings.”
Okay, so now not scoffing at strange sightings was higher up than keeping safe.
I need to get my hands on one of these rulebooks!
A fun, fast-moving adventure with plenty to say about courage, friendship, and responsibility.
At the same time, the story itself is full of magic and as much excitement as a James Bond thriller.
This is a fast-paced and powerful mystery, fantasy, end-of-world story, that will have young readers engrossed to the very end.
The Impossible Girl
by Ashley White
There is so much to love about The Impossible Girl; the magic, the mystery, the world building, and the wonderfully portrayed lead character, Ava! We journey with Ava as she encounters wonder after wonder, and uncovers deeply held secrets. We feel her heartbreak, and her determination. We experience her awe at the magical world she discovers. Can it really be true?
Ashley White has done a marvellous job at creating a magical fantasy world that we would love to experience for ourselves. It is all so delightful, and yet mysterious and dangerous at the same time. Holding these seemingly opposite characteristics together is a testament to Ashley's writing. As is the cracking cast of characters that journey alongside Ava.
Excitement and adventure abound in the story, with some fantastically exciting scenes that have readers literally spellbound.
A wonderfully entrancing magical adventure. Highly recommended!
The Conjurer's Curse
by Stephanie Cotta
A fully immersive and beautifully described fantasy world, with a story that is full of adventure and challenge, and yet also tugs at the heart. We are swept into the world from the very first line, walking with Rowan as he attempts a difficult rite of passage. Will he succeed? Will he find acceptance amongst his people if he does succeed? Are they really even his people?
Rowan is a strong central character. As we learn more about him we can't help but feel what it is like to walk in his shoes. We want him to succeed, but there are so many challenges he must overcome. Is it even possible to lift a curse he has no knowledge of? How?
Stephanie's world-building and descriptive language is mesmerising. She effectively weaves a consistent and exciting fantasy adventure, with a truly exciting, pulse-racing conclusion.
Highly recommended, and not just for lovers of fantasy. If you are interested in well-crafted coming-of-age stories that deal with identity, belonging and hope, then look no further than The Conjurer's Curse. The fantasy elements are an added bonus!!
She's Still Here
by Caitlin Alexander
A superb MG thriller that was a delight to read. Full of mystery, danger and intrigue, with a central character you can't help but love. Kate Sablowsky is confident, curious and oh so sassy! You really get to experience the world as Kate experiences it, which is a huge credit to Caitlin Alexander's writing. I particularly loved the interactions between Kate and her mum, so good!!
Another delight were the references to pop culture, creatively and effectively interwoven throughout the story. It really helped ground the story in the normal world, even though what takes place in the story deals with the paranormal.
The story has excellent pacing, daring the reader to leave questions unanswered if they don't turn the page. We definitely turn the page, because we want to know what happens, especially as it seems that something horrible happened in the past, and it just might be happening again.
A thoroughly absorbing and exciting book. Highly recommended!!
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