Author: Sunayna Prasad
Genre: MG Fantasy
Twelve-year-old Alyssa McCarthy can no longer stand the toughness of her uncle and wants a better life. But one day she discovers not only the existence of magic, but also a villain hunting her down. The villain uses magic and magical technology to kidnap Alyssa to the Fiji Islands. As much as she wants to go home, she has to face some dangerous challenges first. Not only that, the villain himself must also be defeated. Can Alyssa succeed, even with the help of her mentors?
Magic and mayhem ensure in this delightful read by author Sunayna Prasad. Alyssa McCarthy has led a tough life. After her parents passed away, she came to live with her aunt and uncle. Unfortunately, after her aunt passed away as well, her uncle turned into a very tough, difficult man. He even takes Alyssa and her cousin out of school and has them homeshooled. I kind of get where the uncle is coming from, but he was still mean.
When a magical statue appears, warning Alyssa of what is to come and an evil wizard trying to kidnap her, her uncle doesn’t believe her. But then Alyssa gets kidnapped into a magical world where she’ll have to fight said wizard to escape…
The writing is great for middle graders, and the story very enjoyable. A nice, short read.