By Evelyn Ink
252 pages – ages 9+
Published by CreateSpace on February 8, 2013
In book I the Darlington girls find a portal to a world called Enil in their basement. The children end up in Enil and find out their mother is princess from Enil who ran away because she was in trouble. In book 2, Paige, Bean, Dorrit and Hayde are still on the ship, the Waltzing Matilda, going up a river, searching for their kidnapped sister, Audra. At the end of the river, the girls get out and meet Joash, a boy who joins them and acts as a guide. Since Joash is one of the rebels who are trying to overthrow an evil ruler, he tells them about the rebellion. Joash also knows where Audra is and he agrees to help them find Audra but it turns out not to be as easy a it sounds.
I liked the first book in this series (see my review HERE) and this book was a good next book. I like the action Ms. Ink puts in her stories. The plot was very exciting but appropriate for middle graders. I was a bit disappointed that the cover of book 2 is (practically) the same as book 1. I like Paige. She is a doer, but also a writer. I like that. Bean is a scientist, while Dorrit & Hayde think they are pirates and super-tough. The quartet makes an interesting group. I think the how all the sisters treated and talked to each other was very believable. The setting and story were described well, but the beginning of the book was pretty confusing especially if you didn’t read book 1. Book 2 jumped right into the story without an introduction. Because it was a while since I read book 1, I forgot some of the characters’ names and a bunch of new characters were added, so I was a bit confused and had to go back to book 1 to remember which character was who. The world of Emil is cool and Ms. Ink makes you feel like you are there. Once I got all the characters straight in the story, it kept me turning the pages and I really enjoyed it.
To learn more about Ms. Ink and Sticks, Stones and Dragon Bones, please visit Ms. Ink’s blog by clicking HERE.