About the Book
Darcy Pennington hates her life. She is an insufferably average teenager with no real friends, crushing social anxiety, and an indescribable sense of not fitting in anywhere. A change in her dad's job forces her to attend Cedar Cove Family Camp the summer before her eighth-grade year, and Darcy once again finds herself on the outside of a social circle of teenagers, with her only advocate being an awkward girl named Samantha Palm. The only problem is, Darcy has no desire to be friends with her, but as the hostility from the other teenagers increases, she decides to return the friendship. When Darcy begins to experience strange magical occurrences, she comes to believe she's either losing her mind or on the brink of a discovery that could give her purpose in life. After unwittingly stumbling through a magical gateway to a new world called Alitheia, she convinces Sam and the other four teenagers to travel there with her, and despite their earlier hostilities toward her, they eventually concede leadership of their small group to Darcy. Once there, they learn the "arrival of the Six" was prophesied hundreds of years before, and that they must expel an ancient evil from the land. In the end their lives, and the fate of Alitheia, will hinge upon Darcy. Will she have what it takes to fulfill her mysterious purpose? Or will she fall prey to a deadly foe?
About the Author
K.B. Hoyle is the author of The Gateway Chronicles, a six part young adult fantasy series. A wife and mother of three, she has been a classical educator for the past five years, and holds a History degree from Winona State University. She finds inspiration for her stories in travel, family, teaching and her own childhood.
My Take on the Book
For a book aimed at middle school students, this book was a fast and fun read that kept me engaged from the beginning to the end. The book itself was fantasy, but the world that the author has developed is quite vivid and real. While I cannot say that I liked all of the characters personally, as Perry was a bit conceited, they were still fun and ones that I was drawn into appreciating even more as I read further into the pages of the book. The only thing that is sometimes hard in this book is that you do not always get to know as much about the characters as you would have liked to because of how the story was told (from Darcy's point of view). I still thoroughly enjoyed the book and know that your child will as well!
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