Melowy: The night of courage by Danielle Star

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Scholastic, 2018. ISBN 9781338151787
(Age 7+) Recommended. The night of courage is book 3 in the Melowy series and will be enjoyed by any pony lover aged 5+. In this book, readers meet the Melowies, magical ponies who are at school together. They come from a variety of Melowy worlds and display skills and powers accordingly. The Melowies have been challenged to spend a night in the woods. Their teacher expresses the need to learn to not fear making mistakes as the fear stops you from trying something new. The trip starts well despite another Melowy being added to the group of friends, a Melowy who isn't normally nice to the group of friends. The girls build a successful shelter together but in the search for something to eat, Elektra goes missing. Will they find Elektra? Will Eris ruin the chances of the friends being reunited?
The night of courage is a simple narrative built around the themes of friendship and not being afraid. The storyline moves quickly and it is easy to read and understand. It is a short novel, making it ideal for younger readers moving into being independent readers. It would also make a great read for before bed whether independently or being read by an adult. Sections of the story could be linked to the Child protection and Health curriculums when discussing teamwork, problem solving and friendship.
The night of courage is a fun read and is recommended for independent readers aged 7+.
Kylie Kempster