A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic
Bestseller and author of the popular middle grade series Confectionately Yours Lisa Papademetriou is back with a magical, page-turning adventure for readers of all ages—a touching tale about destiny and the invisible threads that link us all, ultimately, to one another.
Kai and Leila are both finally having an adventure. For Leila, that means a globe-crossing journey to visit family in Pakistan for the summer; for Kai, it means being stuck with her crazy great-aunt in Texas while her mom looks for a job. In each of their bedrooms, they discover a copy of a blank, old book called The Exquisite Corpse. Kai writes three words on the first page—and suddenly, they magically appear in Leila's copy on the other side of the planet. Kai's words are soon followed by line after line of the long-ago, romantic tale of Ralph T. Flabbergast and his forever-love, Edwina Pickle. As the two take turns writing, the tale unfolds, connecting both girls to each other, and to the past, in a way they never could have imagined.
A heartfelt, vividly told multicultural story about fate and how our stories shape it.
Age: 8 and up
Number of Pages: 366
Publisher: Harper Collins
Author: Lisa Papademetriou
Dimensions: 5.5x 1x 8.2 inches
KitaabWorld Book Review: Two girls on opposite sides of the world have a shared adventure through the pages of a magical book. Kai currently visiting her grand-aunt in Texas finds an old book and begins writing in it and the words magically appear in Leila’s copy of the book in Pakistan. As both girls struggle to fit into their worlds- Kai a loner, and Leila an outsider, they connect with each other through writing, magic and mystery. This fantasy tale combines issues of belonging and finding oneself with humor and shows us how we are more alike than different. This book is also part of our MUSLIM KIDS AS HEROES book list.