Author: Sunayna Prasad
Genre: MG Fantasy
Twelve-year-old Alyssa McCarthy can no longer stand the toughness of her uncle and wants a better life. But one day she discovers not only the existence of magic, but also a villain hunting her down. The villain uses magic and magical technology to kidnap Alyssa to the Fiji Islands. As much as she wants to go home, she has to face some dangerous challenges first. Not only that, the villain himself must also be defeated. Can Alyssa succeed, even with the help of her mentors?
What a wonderful, hilarious read for middle graders! 12-year-old Alyssa McCarthy doesn’t have an easy life. Her uncle is always tough and strict, especially after her aunt passed away. But now, with a marble statue coming to life, Alyssa must come to terms with the existence of magic – and the fact an evil wizard is approaching, making her life about ten times as stressful as before!
Alyssa is an intelligent character for her age. She also has a great sense of humor, and she’s quick to take charge. She has courage and heart, and that made her one of my favorite middle grade heroines of all time.
If you’re a middle grader, or you like middle grade reads, don’t forget to check out From Frights to Flaws. Humor and action in one.