Children’s Book Reviews
Children's Book Reviews: Fire and Glass (Keepers of the Vault series)
Publish January 22, 2016
Not only is Kristina Mah struggling to adjust to her parents’ separation and the loss of her grandmother, but she thinks her new inner city school might be haunted. There are creepy banging noises coming from the attic, computer equipment malfunctioning, and she sees a strange lantern in the SmartBoard. Determined to figure out what’s happening, Kristina breaks into the school’s mysterious fourth floor — only to discover an enormous vault full of ancient artefacts. When she accidentally releases a dangerous, fire-loving djinn named Niram, Kristina and her loner classmate, Dylan, must work together to find a way to trick the cunning spirit back into captivity. Fire and Glass, the first book in the Keepers of the Vault series by Marty Chan, is an action-packed fantasy adventure, perfect for readers who want to keep their focus on the plot. Simple sentences keep the story moving quickly, with just enough description to create some pleasurable suspense. Anyone who has ever been the “new kid” will easily identify with Kristina, but it’s really Niram who becomes the centre of attention as she becomes more and more desperate to keep her newly-acquired freedom. Readers anxious to know what else has been stolen from the vault and how Kristina and Dylan are going to get it back will be eagerly awaiting the next book in this hi-lo series. Printed in a font that publisher Clockwise Press suggests is dyslexia-friendly and designed to appeal to reluctant readers, Fire and Glass will be enjoyed by anyone who loves adventure stories with a supernatural element.
ISBN 13: 978-099-393-515-2
Roseanne Gauthier is the Youth Services Librarian for the Prince Edward Island (PEI) Public Library Service, and is PEI's 2017 award-winning 'Champion of Reading'. She has worked in the Faculties of Education at both the University of Prince Edward Island and Mount Saint Vincent University and spent two amazing years as the Children’s Librarian at the Confederation Centre Public Library. She holds an MLIS from Dalhousie University, and an MA from the University of Waterloo. Roseanne lives in Charlottetown, PEI with her husband, their adorable daughter, and two tuxedo cats.
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