More Than Magic – Kathryn Lasky, illustrated by Ricardo Tercio

51ndamjnnbl More Than Magic – Kathryn Lasky, illustrated by Ricardo Tercio, Wendy Lamb Books, (9780553498912), 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:   Fantasy

What did you like about the book? This is a book that is full of adventure, action and girl power.  Ryder is an 11-year-old girl who lost her beloved mother two years previously. Her parents created an animated television show called Super-Rory-Us starring an 11-year-old cartoon girl based on young Ryder.  Ryder’s dad begins dating a woman with three teenaged girls, two of who tease Ryder.  Even worse, there are plans to make the brave and adventurous Rory character into a princess!  This goes against everything that Ryder’s mom wanted when she created the show.  Fortunately, the worlds of Ryder and Rory converge and both girls work together to save Super-Rory-Us and maybe even Ryder’s family.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is one to hand to readers who love adventure stories with strong female protagonists.  Anyone who has ever dreamed to going into the world on a television show will also love this one!

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 11/28/16             

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