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The Shadows
This title covers these subjects: Friendship -- Fiction., Fantasy fiction., Fairies -- Fiction.
The Shadows
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The Shadows

Soli finds Lucy and finds out about herself.

GenreFantasy & Science Fiction
Reading LevelGrades 1-3
Interest LevelGrades 5-9
Lexile Level510L
ATOS Level2.6
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #149347
Early Intervention Level20
Text TypeLiterature: Narrative
PublisherStone Arch Books
Page Dimensions5" x 7"
Page Count96
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $23.99 School/Library Price

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Children's Literature Comprehensive - Renee Farrah Vess

"This is not a frightening book, just completely mesmerizing, and you find yourself seemingly hypnotized by the darkly realistic color illustrations filled with deep shadows underneath bright swipes of highlights. . . .This is a very unique book with haunting images and text. The text is short, and is entirely a setup for future books, but it creates such a strong sense of wonder simply spending time in the story is enough. The words feel very personal, as they should since we are in the minds of Soli and Lucy throughout the book as the chapters alternate in perspective. . . .readers will certainly want to read book three after this delightfully imaginative installment." - Children's Literature Comprehensive

January 1, 2013

Library Media Connection - Melinda W. Miller

"This fantasy series is really one story divided into four pieces, written for hi-lo readers. It has an exciting element that will keep reluctant readers going. The numerous illustrations by Odessa Sawyer are magically intriguing. Soli and Lucy are best friends, but have a falling out. While in the Faerie woods, Soli wishes Lucy away, and she disappears. So ends the first book. Soli and Lucy discover that Soli is the daughter of the Queen, who is human, and the good Faierie King. These four stories will find a place in a middle or high school setting where very low level books are needed. There is excitement, adventure, magic, and a bit of romance. The series, written by Beth Bracken and Kay Fraser, is done well and will entertain those readers who might not otherwise be able to handle a lot of fantasy. Recommended." - Library Media Connection

November 1, 2012

VOYA - M. Espinola

"In this fantasy series, best friends Soli and Lucy have done everything together for as long as they can remember. Lucy is the more extroverted and social half of the BFF twosome, while Soli has the more introverted and quiet personality. Despite their differences, they are similar in many ways. From one day to the next, their friendship is tested by a boy they both equally fancy. After speaking to him on several occasions, Soli mentions her interest, and Lucy insists that she can inquire about his feelings for her. When the boy kisses Lucy, Soli runs away to the Willow Forest, where she wishes Lucy would disappear for her betrayal. Lucy finds herself in a world from which she cannot escape, and Soli is forced to follow her into the Willow Forest to save her. The series follows the individual girls as they each play a role in their fate. They encounter a dungeon, faeries, a queen who cannot be trusted, and a story older than they are. In their hands, they hold the fate of the faerie land, their friendship, and their lives. This enchanting and interesting story written in four parts by two authors includes a splash of the mysterious and enchanted with a helping of teenage angst in a world said not to exist. In their teenage world of school, boys, and best friends, what is a little faerie land to make life more interesting? The series addresses issues of friendship and trust and is appropriate for any reader who enjoys the mystical and magical worlds. As an added bonus, the text allows for easy readability for individuals learning English as a second language, reluctant readers, or those with dyslexia. The books are accompanied by vivid pictures throughout, adding to the pleasant layout. The story evolves simply and centers on two characters’ rites of passage. This author duo packs a literary punch into the enchanted world of faeries." - VOYA

August 1, 2012

Kay Fraser

Kay Fraser

Kay Fraser is from Buenos Aires. She left home at eighteen and moved to North Dakota—basically the exact opposite of Argentina. These days, she lives in Minneapolis, designs books, writes, makes tea for her husband, and drives her daughters to their dance lessons.

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