New York : Shadow Mountain, 2006
IL 5-8, RL 5.0
and Seth are being forced to stay with their weird grandparents on their
mysterious estate in the middle of no where. No TV, tons of rules, and
their grandfather says if they break the rules they will be forced to stay
in the nursery in the attic the ENTIRE visit. And Seth isn't so good at
following the rules. Kendra notices the handyman, Dale, putting out trays
of milk which the amazing insects - butterflies, dragonflies - all drink
from. And she notices that those same insects are really interested in
a mirror. And then she follows some clues to a note that says, "Drink the
milk." (Note to presenter: Show in the book on the very last page, it says
it there too.) So she does. Those butterflies aren't butterflies - they're
fairies. Seriously. It's a fairy preserve. And then Seth breaks the worst
rule of all and the adults are missing and the house is ruined and it's
up to Kendra to save the world. Literally.
Reviewed by Jenna Obee for Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award, 2010
Magic -- Fiction.
Grandparents -- Fiction.
Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.