Twelve year old Kate Dawson is unhappy at home. Her widowed mother has remarried and Kate has a stepfather and a six year old half-sister, Emma, who is nothing but a pest. She knows the resentment she feels towards Emma and her stepfather is making her mum unhappy, but Kate is confused by the deep feelings of guilt and jealousy that plague her.
One morning, Emma disappears down a mystical looking well. Irritated but worried, Kate follows and the two girls are thrust into the tunnels of Miu, an unknown place built within the lava tunnels of an extinct volcano. They meet a young Miuan princess and her guard, who are on the run, and the girls are instantly swept into a danger that will test their skills, their friendship and their love.
1. This is a very enjoyable read for young children with a great story that will take their imaginations on a journey to the land of Miu, where they will experience adventures. It also teaches children respect and love for others with good family values and of course a happy ending.I hope there will be a follow on to this book.
2. This is the first book in The Land of the Miu Series. This was an entertaining story full of imagination. The characters were quite colorful and the story was so descriptive that you could visualize them. The storyline flowed nicely and the scenes in the story just fell into place. Even though you could predict how the story would end, it did not end abruptly like so many novellas tend to do. It was an enjoyable read and I think young children would really enjoy it.
3. The book had very likeable characters with believable if not slightly forced personalities, especially where the Miuans were concerned.The story tried to be dark and grim but ended up being more light-hearted than anything else. There were some grammar/spelling errors, but nothing that detracted from the story as a whole. The creatures were interesting, the language was fabulous—I loved what few new words were there—and the ending was a little overbearing. Overall, it was a lovely little story, and a good way to spend an hour or so. Great for beginning readers and preteens.
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- Reading Age: 9+
- Reading Aloud Age: 8+