Middle Grade Fiction
by Ali Seegar
Plot: The novel is well plotted and paced, if fairly conventional and without too many surprises.
Prose: The author's prose is the highlight of the book. The writing is exceptional and has a retro feel to it.
Originality: This is where this novel falls short. Many plot elements and characters will remind readers of other books, e.g. Harry Potter, Sherman and Peabody, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Character Development: The characterization here is another of the book's strengths. The protagonist is well rendered and grows and changes over the course of the book.