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  • Posted December 20, 2013

    In The True World, Lily Lightfoot has a magical gift to make thi

    In The True World, Lily Lightfoot has a magical gift to make things happen, simply by telling a story about it. For example, when she’s too late in class and comes up with a story about how a local shop got robbed and police cars pulled up to question her, the street fills with police cars. Unfortunately her gift doesn’t exactly make her popular with the other kids, in particular Heather, who likes to tease and bully her. Thankfully she has a best friend, Peter, who is always there for her, no matter what the cost.

    Lily doesn’t know her mother. She lives with her grandmother, Gwendolyn, who is quite unconventional and isn’t as surprised as she is annoyed by her grandchild’s strange gift. Lily has always wondered about her parents though, and when she finds a strange fairytale book, she gets drawn into a fantasy world where she finds out more about her mother than she ever hoped for. Dark forces threaten not only her mother, but Lily as well.

    I loved Lily. She was a little childish, but very innocent, good-natured and a generally nice person. She’s a daydreamer too, the kind of person who’s always elsewhere with their thoughts, and this gets her into trouble more than once, but also made her rather charming. Peter gets bonus points too for being a supportive friend, even if everyone else was making fun of Lily.

    The story was great, with a nice plot, awesome characters and a lot of humor and fun. The fantasy world we encounter in this novel is filled with faeries, elves, and all sorts of other magical creatures. There were plenty of plot twists, and the writing was decent too. An excellent read for middle graders and young adults.

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

    This story was solid in its plot, and engaging. There were a few

    This story was solid in its plot, and engaging. There were a few instances where point of view was muddled, and the author lost track of who was where (example: in a conversation with Eleanor, the author accidentally had Lily respond, instead of Eleanor).Description was very good, not overdone, and I was able to imagine the scenes. The characters were a little flat in some instances, and some "aha" moments which revealed important information seemed to go over the characters' heads and end up not important. Overall, a good read, and I look forward to the rest of the series.

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