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Twelve-year-old Alyssa McCarthy is sick of her uncle’s unfair rules and longs for a better life. After discovering the existence of magic, she finds out about a dark wizard hunting her down. An unforgettable storm occurs in Alyssa’s ordinary New Jersey town before the sorcerer kidnaps her to the Fiji Islands. On the enchanted island of Yanowic, Alyssa learns that she is unable to get out of the country due to a giant shield. She must defeat some dangerous creatures and the evil wizard in order to leave. But with sorcerers and magical technology getting in her way, can Alyssa succeed?
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Alyssa McCarthy was sent to live with her aunt, uncle, and cousin Hailey after her parents’ tragic deaths in a car accident. Things were great until a few years later, her Aunt Laura passes away from accidentally consuming raspberries. Little did Hailey and Alyssa know that there lives would change forever. Uncle Bruce becomes very strict, homeschooling them and hiring someone to look after them. Strange things begin to happen and neither the housekeeper, nor Uncle Bruce believes in magic. After all, magic is for little kids right? Will Uncle Bruce believe them before it’s too late? Or will the evil wizard Duchamp get his way?
This was an amazing story of good versus evil, the importance of family, and love. Alyssa comes across as such a sweetheart, that you instantly begin rooting for everything to work out in her favor. I found the unique mythical creatures extremely entertaining and I honestly think that there’s something in this book that every child will enjoy.
Sunayna Prasad has been writing stories for several years, starting at the age of six. Now twenty, she is a college junior will study who studies accessory design as well write for children. Aside from that, Sunayna also likes to cook, watch movies, and draw. She lives on Long Island, New York, with her family.