Book review by Kat Kennedy
"Whenever the sun goes down or rises, all the cairns in the Land of Real-Time, the land you live in, open up."
When Lorna Wilson's parents get divorced, she must deal with her life-changing completely. Her mother relocates to Phoenix, Arizona, and within days of the move, Lorna finds herself embroiled in the "Crestwood Challenge," a bicycle race instigated by the neighborhood braggart, Sam Black. Lorna is sure she can beat Sam in the "challenge," and the two go head to head. However, the race takes Lorna on an unexpected journey when she is suddenly transported to another realm. In this strange land, she meets a creature named Trix and finds herself embarking upon a quest that will eventually allow her to obtain her heart's desire. A tragic accident forces Lorna to again realize that life can change suddenly and one's desires with it. Now she must rethink what in life is most important to her. Can Lorna give up what she wants most in life in order to help a new friend?
This first offering in the Land of Twilight Trilogy is filled with the adventure and supernatural elements that young readers enjoy. With its relatable characters and fast-moving plot, it is appropriate for middle-grade students. Though the book does deal with themes such as divorce and physical handicap, the underlying theme is centered on friendship. As Lorna faces the consequences of a tragic accident, she learns how strong the bonds of true friendship are as well as how one can be called to sacrifice for others. Young readers are given not only an interesting story filled with magical elements but are challenged to think about their own ideas of friendship and sacrifice.