Published by Walker Books Australia on August 1st 2011
Genres: Middle Grade
Source: Capstone, Publisher
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The dark forest of Northwood has never seen the likes of Cecilia Undergarment before …
Cecilia Undergarment likes a challenge. So when she discovers a sad and neglected dog, she is determined to rescue him. No matter what. But her daring dog rescue lands her in deep trouble. Trouble in the form of being lost in the dark forest of Northwood. A forest where ferocious black lions roam. A forest that hides a secret castle, an unlikely king and many a mystery. A forest where those who enter never return. But Cecilia is determined to find her way home. No matter what.
On a serious middle grade kick lately and this was a very good book. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I really enjoyed the imagination of Cecilia’s world. Cecilia can talk to animals, well sort of, she understands them and they understand her but she doesn’t tell anyone fearing that people with think she was crazy. When she saves the dog next door and gets whisked away in her balloon attic into the scary Northwood only to find people living there but not being able to leave, it’s up to Cecilia to help them escape the king.
I am in LOVE with this cover and I am not sure why I didn’t realize it but it also had some really cool illustrations inside that added a lot to the story. This book has a mix of scary moments, action, humor and just plain fun. I loved how strong the character Cecilia was and how no matter what was going on she was determined to fix it. This book was a quick read for me, I had a hard time putting it down since I really wanted to find out what would happen to Cecilia next and I love the twist at the end. This book was so very good.
I strongly recommend this book for middle grade readers or anyone looking for a good story with beautiful illustration and a strong character.I strongly recommend this book for middle grade readers or anyone looking for a good story with… Click To Tweet
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