Child of Deliverance
The twelve-year-old Nina from Brooklyn spends her time at school resting from the constant fights and yelling between her parents. She dreads being back in that environment, and after school, the closer she gets to home, the slower her steps become. One day she stops to help out an old homeless lady in the alleyway and then finds herself spilling her heart out about her miserable home life. When she gets home, she discovers that her parents have suddenly disappeared. And at first, it seems to be the best thing ever.
It takes only a day or two of unlimited TV and snacks for Nina to start to wonder where her parents really are, which encourages the fantasy part of this book to come forward.
It turns out that the old lady sent her parents to Orogos, a world full of magic and weird creatures. Unfortunately, her parents have been kidnapped by the senselessly evil Mjornacks. Her only hope is to get help from everyone who is willing to do so. Luckily Bell is exactly the one, but Nina’s first sight of him being drunk isn’t that glamorous.
Infuriatingly, the book is filled with one cliché after another – starting with Bell training Nina how to fight with a sword (and her mastering that in few days). To top it all off, the romantic storyline between Nina and the over one-hundred-and-fifty-year-old Bell was completely uncalled for.
If the idea was to show that Nina’s parents, despite fighting with each other, really did care and love their daughter, then the fantasy Orogos world wasn’t the way to do that.
|Page Count||320 pages|
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|Category||Science Fiction & Fantasy|
Sheila M –
Loved the character development of both the girl Nina and her partner Bell. Such a wonderful young adult book, with lessons to learn and lots of compelling moments. Definitely a fun summer read.