Interest Level: 3-6; Reading Level: 6.4
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Imagine that you and your family have to spend the summer in your late great-aunt's antique-filled mansion because she has gone missing (and presumably dead) on one of her treasure-hunting trips. How boring would that be, right? Well that's what Claire thought. This was supposed to be a summer filled with sleepovers with best friends and summer camp because this was her last summer before middle school. At lease Claire has her sister, Sophie, to hang out with, that is until she goes missing! While Claire and Sophie are exploring the massive rooms in the mansion they come across something very odd... a ladder in the fireplace. Claire doesn't care where it goes, but Sophie is always an adventurer and Claire doesn't want her exploring alone because of her sickness. When they reach the top of the ladder they find a whole different world full of scary, dark creatures. They barely escape with their life and Claire makes Sophie promise never to go up there again but later when Sophie goes missing, Claire knows just where to begin her search. What Claire does not realize is that she is about to start on an adventure herself full of magic and trouble and even making some great friends in the process. Will Claire find Sophie, save her, and bring her back home? Will the friends that Claire makes in this magical land help her or deceive her? If Claire can't find Sophie, will she even be able to save herself? This is a must read for a fantasy-genre loving reader, a friendship and family loving genre reader, and especially for the adventure loving genre reader!!
This book from start to finish will grab you and won't let go. It is such a great story and it will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat wanting more. This is one of those books where you say "I want book 2 and I want it now!!" I have never thought of myself as a huge fantasy genre person, but this books has definitely changed my perspective!
I am a K-6 librarian who is also a book and author nerd.