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Imagine a library where, if you begin reading a certain book, you step right into the world that book is describing. Imagine, if you will, a library which boast talking cats, demons, fairies of the wicked and peculiar kind, a mysterious and generally unseen uncle. Imagine being someone who has the ability to get right into the story, physically.
That person is Alice and she is a Reader, although she does not know this.
Shortly before her father disappears, Alice overhears a conversation between an evil fairy and her father. Immediately thereafter she is sent to stay with her uncle Jerry, whom she has never met. He owns a remarkable and mysterious and enormous library and Alice – by accident – discovers that it holds tremendous power in its volumes.
Django Wexler has an amazing imagination, and although the story is far-fetched, it is of course fantasy so pretty much anything goes.
I found the book fun, quirky, and quite well-written, although the characterisation could be more developed.
I think younger readers who enjoy Neil Gaiman and maybe Phillip Pullman will find this an interesting diversion.
Apparently there are to be further stories about Alice and her adventures as a reader. I am keen to hear what young readers think of this book, and whether they’d like more.
Reviewed by Sue Esterman
The Forbidden Library
by Django Wexler
Published by Random House