by Hilari Bell
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: January, 2011
List Price: $16.00
Review: She didn't think she was crazy," but you will. Trickster's Girl is written by Hilari Bell and is the first book of The Raven Duet. 15-year-old Kelsa Phillips has just lost her father due to cancer and is very frustrated with her mother. When she is approached by a boy her age on a midnight walk, she is taken aback. He claims his name is Raven, and needs Kelsa's help to heal Earth. One of the many things Kelsa is worried about is why does he keep asking her if she believes in magic?
Set in 2098, teenager Kelsa lives in Utah with her mom, and her five year old brother, Joby. On a midnight walk to secretly bury her father's ashes, a teenage boy appears in front of Kelsa and after a short and unwelcoming conversation, Kelsa manages to run away. Eventually, the boy, who reveals himself as Raven, starts following Kelsa everywhere. As well as around the neighborhood, he meets her at school and anywhere she is. Raven tells Kelsa she must save the world to fix the disruption of magic created by humans. Only a human can fix the magical damage of a human. Will Kelsa risk her life to save man (and magic) kind?
I really like the detail in Trickster's Girl . Hilari Bell explains every detail, like the feathers on a raven. Speaking of ravens, the two main characters, Kelsa and Raven are very well developed. How they act and talk is a perfect match with the setting of the story. Even with a story set way out in the future, the plot is very unique and intriguing. Since Trickster's Girl is the first of a two-book-series, the story is kind of left incomplete. All the problems throughout the story are tied up, though. I give Trickster's Girl 5 out of 5 stars because there is an epilogue which has an unexpected ending that surprises you and is left open-ended. You should read this book especially if you like futuristic story plots.
Review written by Sahaj (6th grade student).
We would like to thank Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing a copy of Trickster's Girl for this review.
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