16 year old Eliza Aurelio grapples with her mixed race identity amid rising racial tensions on her little island. For their safety, Eliza’s grandfather sends her and her grandmother to a quiet town in Southwest England to stay with a relative. But this otherwise quiet town has been turned upside down by people mysteriously disappearing. Eliza eventually encounters a magical but dangerous realm accessible through a doorway in the town, and sees its connection to the abductions. She intends to put things right, only wanting to protect her family. To do this, she must return a stolen key to lock the open doorway. But Eliza has to overcome her own inner conflicts if she is to stand any chance of being successful and leaving the other realm alive.
Suspenseful and enchanting, The Return of the Key explores the power of love, sacrifice and the journey to self acceptance.
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|Age Range:||9 - 12 Years|
About the Author
She loves curry, sharing stories and talking to random people on public transportation.
Alisha lives with fibromyalgia and clinical depression is keen to raise awareness. She blogs about her experiences at www.theinvisiblef.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is a beautifully written story that broke my heart. Eliza is a mixed race girl who lives with her grandparents. Eliza and her grandmother are sent away to England because of the racial discord going on on their island. It is there that she meets her new friend Gwen who is part fairy. I can’t give more away because you need to read the story to see where it goes, but I don’t think anyone will be disappointed spending the time to read it. The Return of the Key is about more than a fantasy storyline. There is heartache, friendship, love, trust, and racial discussions all within this story. The author weaves a story full of depth and warmth – something that is not easy to find in a YA book. Eliza is full of so much self-doubt that she questions herself in everything. Gwen is a mixed race girl, also, and is an outcast in her own world. Their differences allow them to be shunned and treated terribly, but their friendship does not see those things that make them “different”. It’s not something most of us think about, but it does exist and affects so many young people in our world. I really think this book is well worth the time to read. Just be prepared to ride a rollercoaster of emotions while reading. I received a complimentary copy of this book for review
Eliza, a 16 year old mixed race girl from a small island, moves to England with her grandmother to escape racial tensions back home. She lands right in the middle of a mystery, local people have been disappearing. With the help of her new friend, Gwen, she vows to return a key to it's rightful place in the Faery realm and seal the doorways between the two worlds once again. But it won't be easy...... I really enjoyed this book, it was a fun and exciting modern faery tale chock-full of adventure, magic, and a little romance thrown in for good measure. The action flows nicely, and there were plenty of twists and turns to keep me interested. The descriptions are beautiful- Alisha has a real flair for words! The only thing I didn't like was the ending, ugh! such a frustrating cliffhanger! But at least it promises a sequel! I can hardly wait to find out what happens next! This is a great read for any fantasy lover, young or old. There's no inappropriate content, so parents can rest assured. Highly recommended!