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Young Adult Fiction 1044
A tale of true friendship and courage
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I have mixed reactions to this book. On the whole, I truly enjoyed Ani’s story. The characters really made this standalone fantasy worth reading. The dynamic between Ani and her best friend Weevil tells a story of what friendship is all about, and Ani’s humorous replies and quick wit made for an entertaining read.

I would go back to Ani’s world again, although some aspects of The Scourge fell short for me. I found it frustrating that I could never really pinpoint the age of the two main characters. I knew they were young, but I could never quite tell how young. I constantly had to remind myself that the intended audience is much younger (ages 8-12) and as such, the simplified story worked well. As an adult reader, I felt certain challenges and scenarios were resolved too easily or weren’t quite believable in the way they were resolved so quickly. This book was written as a standalone when it read more like a first in series that was rushed to complete in one book. But for a young audience, The Scourge is an entertaining, well-told fantasy with engaging characters and a scary villain.

Ani’s courageous heart and impish view of the world—not to mention her penchant for getting into trouble faster than you can blink––brings the world of Keldan to life. I would recommend this book for young readers who enjoy a good mystery with a spunky heroine and a loyal ally.
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