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Publisher: Blue Works, an impotrint of Windstorm Creative,
Summary: Peter Phye loves to listen to the sounds outside his window. Those natural sounds are like an orchestra. Then, one night, they are gone. Determined to bring back the music, Peter and Dillon Hopper (a magicada) set off in search of The Queen of the Night. An adventure that starts in the woods behind Peter's house continues into Ephemera, where all likes of characters and obstacles await the two friends. This is a YA adventure fantasy,
Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 14; read yourself: 12 and up
Interest Level: 12 and up
Reading Level: 5.4
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: I'm not sure whether Peter's adventure is escapism from absentee parents or pure imagination. Either way, it is a wonderfully vivid story that has an Alice in Wonderland feel. The vocabulary and writing style are wonderful, but may not appeal to all readers, as the pace is deliberate and the action thoughtful.
Pros: Teens and young adults who tend toward more classic literature will discover Ephemera and love every moment of the adventure.
Cons: None, really. The author's writing style and philosophical references are likely to be lost on many readers in the intended audience.