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Monday, May 28, 2018

Spindrift and the Orchid by Emma Trevayne (*YA-Middle Grade)

    Spindrift and the Orchid
written by Emma Trevayne 
Middle-Grade, Ages 8-12
Simon & Schuster Publishing


A girl finds herself entrenched in a dark mystery after the deaths of her parents in this fantastical novel from the author of The House of Months and Years.

When a man walks into her grandfather’s curiosity shop and asks about a black orchid, Spindrift turns him away. She’s never seen such a thing.

Until one night it appears. Spindrift, an orphan, has one keepsake from her parents…a clear glass orb. Except it’s not quite clear anymore. She watches as a black orchid forms inside the crystal. Then the flower blooms into a towering woman in a dress of midnight silk and air, a woman with the power to grant wishes.

It’s fun, at first.

But having everything you want is hard to hide. And soon, Spindrift—and her orchid—are being hunted.

Left running for her life, Spindrift must ask herself who her parents really were, and whether a wish is really just a curse in disguise.
REVIEW: careful what you wish for. 

Spindrift is 15-years-old. Since her parent's death, she has lived with her grandfather and helped out in his curiosity shop. Spindrift has one special treasure from her parents - a simple, glass orb. One night the orb changes right before her very eyes. First a beautiful black orchid forms inside the glass. Then from the bloom of the flower a woman in a dress as black as the midnight sky. The "black orchid" can grant Spindrift many wishes. . .and does! Oh, what fun she has - for a little while. But you must be careful what you wish for!

What follows is an age-appropriate, action-packed, magical adventure. Her grandfather shares a box of old letters from her parents that open Spindrift's eyes to importance of the The Seven Sages and the Seven Orbs they placed at the time of creation. In the wrong hands, these orbs will cause a lot of harm. She also learns the true identity of the stranger that visited her grandfather's shop asking about the black orchid. He killed her parents.

The relationship between Spindrift and her grandfather is deep, meaningful, and easily relatable. The old letters is a wonderful way to have her parents' voice heard. The story moves steadily and only gets bogged down a few times. Roland is scary, but it is age appropriate. There's nothing here that will cause your middle-grade reader nightmares. A good "one-read" read book.

Happy Reading,


* My granddaughter said this at the conclusion - "okay Nana, let's find a book to keep." (Translation: When she finishes a book from the school or local library she decides if she wants to have that book at home, so she can read it any time.)

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