Friday, December 26, 2014

The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic


     Adventures, mysteries, the love of pepper, basket makers, sweet potato farmers and fantastic surprises await the reader who opens the pages of this thrilling debut novel by a woman who got the idea while backpacking all by herself through Great Britain. She must have thought to herself, loping across the grassy moors, " What is really under that set of hills in the distance?" and met some quirky types who morphed into a collection of characters to delight even Hobbit fans. The book, The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic, is a fantasy that emerged from Trafton's great journey.
    Our ten year old heroine, named Persimmony, is charged with the task of trying to discover what is really going on beneath The Island at the Center of Everything, why the Leafeaters must be stopped, or understood, and what is the source of the snoring sound in a particular cave. Persimmony gathers a few friends for the journey, a little bit like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. Illustrated with pencil sketches and lilting language that wants to be read aloud, this is one of my favorite books in our Youth collection.
If you like stories like this, you may also want to check out a sci-fi graphic novel with an outer space setting, featuring a delightful female lead, Zita the Spacegirl,( 2010) by Virginia writer, Ben Hatke  or Handbook for Dragonslayers, by Merrie Haskell ( 2014) which features a girl with a physical disability on a great adventure to find a dragon.

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