Monday, September 28, 2015

A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic by Lisa Papademetriou

Kai is living with her great aunt in Georgia while her mother looks for work.  It's boring and weird so she decides to look for a book in the library.  Anything to keep her occupied.  She finds one named The Exquisite Corpse and decides a murder mystery might work.  But when she opens the book, it only says it's the property of some boy.  There's nothing more written.  Kai is irritated, so she adds a line below his name and shuts the book.  The next time she opens it, there's more written...

HarperCollins and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 6th, so you can grab a copy then.

Leila is living in Pakistan with her Uncle and his family.  It's her opportunity to learn more about her father's culture.  It's more like culture shock for her.  It's a good thing she's found a book to read titled The Exquisite Corpse.  When she opens it and finds only a couple of lines written in it, she adds her own line.  And the story comes alive, in bits and pieces.

It's a story from long, long ago when a young woman became the heiress to a big casket business.  Her guardian is trying to kill her.  She finds a young man she loves, but there's no way she can marry him and stay in the states.  She must get away from her guardian.

There is magic in this story.  The magic of love, two lonely girls who learn about the couple and about butterflies, and more.  The great aunt and the Pakistan people help make the story interesting and believable.  The fantasy of the tale is fun.  Most young ones, especially girls, will enjoy this story.

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