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Sep 02 2015

Eve and the Fiery Phoenix by Jess Black

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Keeper of the Crystals series. New Frontier Publishing, 2015. ISBN 9781925059441
(Age: 7+) Themes: Fantasy adventure; Environmental concerns. This is the second in the Keeper of the Crystals series and the young central characters Eve and Oscar are again magically drawn into a rescue adventure. This time they need to rescue the fiery phoenix and rescue the jungle land of Griffid from destruction due to darkness. The magic is gentle and Eve displays the ability of hearing the Phoenix's calls for help. The rescue is exciting, but without anxiety-inducing detail. The children display clever solutions to the problems they face.
This is an entry level fantasy adventure for young readers wanting something more exciting from an early chapter book. Teachers may also appreciate this series for its 'read-aloud' potential. There are nine short chapters, which could be read to children in years 1-3 over a short time. References to environmental issues might also raise discussion about our own world's dependence on the sun for our survival.
Carolyn Hull

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