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Young Adult Indie 1847
Exotic tale of loss and hope
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The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes

The Story:
Unable to accept her father’s death, Hannah decides to test the supposedly magical lamp in her closet by wishing for him back. The consequences of this wish take her on an exotic journey, full of wonder and peril.

The Characters:
Hannah is an intelligent, quirky, and devastated young girl who is a pleasure to read. Her desire to have her father back is heartfelt and well-portrayed. As one would expect of a protagonist her age, she makes mistakes and learns. Her growth through the story is spurred by the need to overcome her worst fears, and accept harsh realities. Mr. Holmes gives the reader a skillful depiction of the hope and amazement seen in a character this age—I particularly liked the connection she has with her dog, Griff.
Seeing a side to the magician antagonist which prompted empathy could have strengthened his presence. However, the addition of the sultan and his family was nice, Gus was a favorite, and all-in-all every character in The Ugly Teapot adds to tale.

The World:
Legends and mythical creatures are incorporated into an otherwise normal Earth. We travel through many countries and deep into places such as The Cave of the Forty Thieves. We met genies, magicians, and sultans. Younger readers will be held riveted as Hannah leaves the confines of her small town and enters into a world of marvel and miracles.

The Readability:
Holmes’s style is playful and light, perfect for the story he writes. The language is exotic and speaks of magic and exploration. Humor is integrated to lighten some of the heavier themes, and while the pace of the plot dropped in a couple of places, the writing and characters are engaging enough to keep the reader in the story. The ending was not completely satisfactory—more explanation would have left me completely content. However, Hannah made the important realisations we expect her to, and the story is left on a note of mystery—which keeps the imagination whirling.
This copy is professionally edited.

Final Verdict:
An exotic tale of loss and hope great for readers aged eight years and over.

Favorite Quote:
“Bull feathers,” scoffed Gus. “He changes his word more often than I change my undies.”
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September 21, 2016
My kids will love this book! I can't wait for them to read it. They recently finished John Hope's book Silencing Sharks and they both loved it as well, so I recommend that one.
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