This book was written by Rena Marthaler in 2013 when she was nine years old. YES, NINE YEARS OLD! (Wow, I want to do that!) She wrote the book as part of the NaNoWriMo, which is an online competition to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. Pretty amazing! You can find more information on Rena on her blog and her website.
This book is about Rachel and her fifth grade friends and how they use their magical powers. The adventure begins when Rachel and her friends are outside at recess and a dragon suddenly fly’s out of the sky. Rachel and her friends find themselves fighting their first enemy. Soon after, Rachel begins to get prophecies and the group starts off on different magical quest around the world. During their quests, they fight creatures, some that come from Greek mythology. On one quest they even leave Earth behind and go to a magical realm called “Central universe”. On the way, they also befriend two dragons and magical animals, including a fire cat and a puppy that can turn into a wolf pup.
The book is very fast paced – Rachel and her friends fight dragons by page 4! I also really like the different places in “Central universe” that Rena came up with and that all of the enemies come from Greek mythology. There are times where the girls stop to rest, and they are hungry and all they want to eat is pizza. I can really relate to that because I love pizza!
Rena is now working on the sequel to this book. As she develops it, I would suggest a couple of ideas that I think would make the story more interesting and exciting. First, I want to be just like Rachel and her friends. But I don’t know very much about them. It would be great to learn more about who they are and about their backgrounds. I also think that the girls discovered their magical powers too suddenly and too early in the story. I think it would have been more exiting if they had slowly learned about their power as the story went on. I know that you can’t undo that since the girls already know about their powers. But, maybe they could now learn something new about their power – for example, a new and more powerful way to use their powers.
Over all I like the book and I think girls aged 7-10 will enjoy this book.