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Enter a Glossy Web by McKenna Ruebush {Just Hatched}

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This whimsical fantasy hits just the right notes as a light-hearted fantasy adventure suitable for middle-graders to read as they curl up with a cup of hot chocolate on some of these dark, winter nights.

Note: I received an advanced copy of ENTER A GLOSSY WEB from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Enter a Glossy Web by McKenna Ruebush {Just Hatched}

Enter a Glossy Web by McKenna Ruebush
Published by Henry Holt and Co. on September 27, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Page Length: 400 pages
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Twelve-year-old George has no idea what to expect when she’s sent to stay with eccentric relatives following the disappearance of her brother. Soon after her arrival, she learns that Uncle Constantine has been kidnapped. George sets off to recover him and is joined by two orphaned boys along the way and Cavendish, a talking map. Together they visit magical worlds full of monsters, witches, and dragons as they attempt to find Constantine--the Timekeeper--a man of great significance. If he’s not rescued, events will cease to happen at their designated times, disrupting the unfolding of the universe. Can this ragtag crew save the future before being outwitted by evil captors?

3 Stars

How is the writing style?

This whimsical tale is mostly told from the viewpoint of our protagonist Georgina (called “George’) and unfolds through simple, deadpan observations of the oddities around her and the dialog she has with her companions.  Middle-grade readers will have no trouble skimming through pages as they follow the rapidly developing mystery and adventure.

General tone of the beginning

The tone remains light-hearted as George is dropped off at the house of her kind-but-eccentric aunt and uncle, where she enjoys their company and stories briefly before the real action thrusts her alone (temporarily) into the world on her adventure to save the world.

Setting, genre, etc?

This is the classic middle-grade hero adventure set in a fantasy world that has dragons, ducks, and animated skeletons.  There is a hint of danger, and George occasionally notices that she’s tasked with an impossible mission with very little to go on.  But as with many adventures in this genre, there is never any doubt that a 12-year-old girl and friends can save the day …. and the universe.

Verdict

  1. My current read, leave me alone! (~5 stars)
  2. Reading in the near future *hides from TBR pile glare* (~4 stars)
  3. Hoping to get back to eventually (~3 stars)
  4. Probably not getting back to but someone else will like it (~2 stars)
  5. Don’t really want to push this copy on anyone else (~1 star)

I’m giving this one three stars and a recommendation that parents and friends of middle-grade girls might want to pick this one up as a gift.  The writing is straight-forward and suitable for the intended age group, but there is not enough depth or complexity to keep my attention right now, while the TBR pile continues to beckon to me like pirate gold.

Have you read this one yet? Are you inclined to check it out?
-Barbara

Enter a Glossy Web by McKenna Ruebush

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