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Jun 23 2015

Off the page by Samantha Van Leer and Jodi Picoult

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Allen & Unwin, 2015. ISBN 9781743439982
What if the fairy-tale ending was only the beginning? 16 year old girl, Delilah and fairy-tale Prince Oliver have finally got the chance to be together. This would be fine if Oliver didn't happen to be a character from a fairy tale book. The only way he could live in Delilah's world is if he changed places with a regular person. After outsider, Edgar agrees to switch places with Oliver, all think they have finally had their dreams come true.
The real test comes when the new school year starts, Delilah fears that Oliver won't fit into school life, but Oliver is an instant hit and is amazed how wonderful high school life really is.
The characters from Oliver's book seem to be fitting in with the new plot lines that Edgar has written, or so it seems. But slowly someone or something doesn't like the changes and wants things to go back to normal. This is when the magical world and real world collide.
This young fiction, is easy to follow when talking about both worlds. The characters are loveable and easy to relate to. Off the page isn't the normal style of Jodi Picoult, however a reader with a good imagination could quite easily love this new style of Picoult teaming up with her daughter. If you love Meg Cabolt or Sara Dressen this enchanted love story will keep you entertained.
Jody Holmes

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