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Quintessence Featured
Kids Fiction 504
enchanting middle grade
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
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N/A
QUINTESSENCE is a charming and enchanting middle grade fantasy. Alma moved to Four Points, and she has felt a little adrift without friends or connections. She also feels like her Alma-ness, the spark that makes her herself, is fading. Before it does, she finds that the mysterious shop, The Fifth Point, is open and the ShopKeeper lends her a quintescope, a special telescope, and gives her a mission to help the Starling and find the Elements.

That night, Alma sees a star explode and then streak down to the Earth. She knows that this may be the Starling, but she can't quite believe that the eccentric ShopKeeper may have said what she thought he did or that any of this might be real. When she sees the flyer for the Astronomy Club, Alma decides to show up. However, it seems none of the other students seem to know who started the Club, but they connect on what they saw in the sky. As things develop, they embark on a quest that they never could have expected.

This was an absolutely enchanting middle grade read. The writing flows so well, and there is just enough mystery and magic to keep the reader hooked. With the ShopKeeper interludes and Alma's journey, this book is really engrossing. I would recommend it for people who enjoyed A WRINKLE IN TIME.

The characters are easy to connect with, and the writing pulls the reader in easily and keeps the pace perfectly enchanting all the way to the conclusion. Magical with plenty of adventure, QUINTESSENCE is a new middle grade fantasy that will delight a new generation of middle grade readers.
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