Well, it’s been a while since I last reviewed a book for younger ages. And this one didn’t disappoint, either.
Twin sisters Natasha and Teagan, are in a pinch. Their parents plan on moving to a new house, and the girls are devastated. They don’t want to leave their friends and their home behind, no matter how much better the other place sounds. One day, before school, their favorite tree is hit by lightning – what they find inside its burnt trunk will be the reason for many adventures to come, and for the sisters to realize that it’s not just their home that is in danger if they can’t convince their parents to cancel their plans.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The twins were a delight to read and see through their mishaps and shenanigans. While they communicated and understood each other in a level deeper than most siblings, they were two different personalities, and that added to the fun of the book, as I didn’t have to read about two main characters being copies of each other.
What’s more, the pace was fine for a story that is meant for kids and pre-teens, which I suspect is its target audience. It wasn’t too slow or full of long explanations, so that it wouldn’t bore the younger readers, and the characters understood what the deal with their new responsibilities as “Guardians” was pretty quick – in any other case, it would have sounded unrealistic, but the writer wisely chose to ignore realism here so as to let it work for his storytelling. It wasn’t too fast, either, though, giving the reader time to adjust properly to changes in the dynamics and the situations surrounding the girls.
Last but not least, I liked how Mr. Stewart used his book in an effective way to teach youngsters about caring for nature, be it animals or plants, and respecting people’s freedom and individuality. It was done in a hilarious yet cute way through Natasha’s activism, as only a child can act and think like this, and it was beautiful. And while there were some gaps near the end – like, what happened with them moving, or if they would ever include others in their little missions and stuff – I feel like it didn’t need to be further explained or described. A young reader wouldn’t care for the bigger picture, at least not yet. The important thing is that they won their first little battle, and for someone of that age, that’s what counts and gets the main focus.
I really wish we’ll get to see more of the twins, their little sister, and their friends. I hope we get to see them in more adventures, possibly meeting others like them, even if not from the same species. All in all, I recommend this book for any kid – even those who may have grown up in physical terms – for a fun and heartfelt read.
***I was given an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.***