Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5
What did you like about the book? Kristina Mah is the new kid at school after her father has deserted the family and they are forced to move. And it’s a weird school with a strange fourth floor and a deep feeling of evil. Unwittingly Kristina releases one of the djinns and all manner of havoc ensues. Assisting her to combat the difficulties is a new friend, Dylan, and another mysterious new student. The characters are believable and well-drawn. The fairytale element adds depth and intrigue. The story is continued in the second volume, Melody and Myth.
Anything you did not like about this book? Nothing.
To whom would you recommend this book? This is an excellent choice for reluctant readers and those who may be reading below grade level; also English learners. And those who like mystery and fantasy.
Who should buy this book? Public and middle-school libraries
Where would you shelve it? YA fiction.
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Very near.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review
Date of review: 3/19/2017