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Oct 13 2015

The Fourteenth Summer of Angus Jack by Jen Storer

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ABC Books, 2015. ISBN 9780733334436
(Age: 9+) Angus and his sister Martha live with their widowed father in an Australian beach town. Their father is distant and the children have a lot of time on their hands to investigate their surroundings.
They are immediately inquisitive when an unusual second hand shop opens nearby. It is their interaction with the curious owner Reafen and another character called the 'Donut Lady' that starts their exciting adventure with goblins, Vikings and an evil force.
The children become involved in the Old Realm, solve mysteries and confront Wild Magick.
The rich descriptions, fascinating characters and exciting conflicts add to the enjoyment of the story. Every piece of information, even their mother's family background, has a purpose, which leads to a satisfying conclusion.
Black and white illustrations, some whole page, are included in the story.
A book trailer is available at this address.
This book will appeal to children who enjoy reading fantasy and confident readers from the age of 9 years will relish this novel. I recommend this story for primary aged children.
Jane Moore

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