By K.E. Ormsbee
448 pages- ages 8+
Published by Chronicle Books on April 14, 2015
Synopsis- 12-year-old Lottie Fiske was an odd girl. Odd like the green apple tree on Kemble Island. She stuck out like a sore thumb. She only had one friend, and he was so sick, he was dying. The only other person who cares about her is someone she never met. He writes her letters, and sends her a birthday present every year, through a magic copper box underneath the apple tree. This year, she asks for a cure for Eliot (her friend)’s sickness. That’s when she meets her letter-writer, and a whole other world, linked by the apple tree. She learns about magic, and an evil king, and a cure, and that she may be an heir to the two divided kingdoms.
What I Thought- This is a pretty good book. It is creative and inspiring. The idea behind the worlds being in layers is pretty fascinating. The characters are memorable and extremely realistic. Ms. Ormsbee has a marvelous writing style that makes you feel as if you had experienced everything that the characters are experiencing. Lottie is a great person who you feel for, and can understand how she feels. I liked this book very much, but the ending left me feeling that a lot was unresolved. Even if the book is the first in a series, I am the kind of reader that need to feel a part of the story ends and opens the door to something else. I didn’t get that from this book. The writing and reading level of this novel makes it a great read for middle graders and younger advanced readers. This is Ms. Ormsbee’s debut novel and based on this book, I will be looking for more from her.