Author: Sunayna Prasad
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Originally published in 2013, the book has been updated to its full potential with edits, while keeping the storyline the same.
Twelve-year-old Alyssa McCarthy longs for a better life. She lost her parents at age seven and her aunt at nine. Her uncle also enforces unfair rules. But Alyssa discovers something she has never thought existed before… magic. A wicked sorcerer hunts her down. He kidnaps her from her ordinary New Jersey town to Yanowic, an enchanted island in Fiji.
Alyssa is trapped in the country due to a giant shield covering it. She must defeat dangerous creatures and the evil wizard in order to leave. But with sorcerers and enchanted technology getting in her way, can Alyssa succeed?
I don’t often read middle grade books, but reading this one, I wondered why not. I actually like books aimed at this audience – these books have the type of magic that is sometimes lacking for YA books, a certain surprised, almost magical view on the world. Here we have a story of a 12-year-old, Alyssa McCarthy, who lost both her parents and her aunt, and who discovers magic is real. She has to run from an evil sorcerer and fight dangerous creatures, and there’s never a dull moment! I think kids will love this book, and I enjoyed it a lot.