Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Preteen Tuesday: Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke

Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke is a wonderful fantasy book for younger readers. Not too young because the lexile measure is 900L, but if you have a young, proficient reader, this is a great starting fantasy.

Igraine is the daughter of magical parents, but she doesn't want to be a magical princess. Instead, she wants to be knight, wear armor, and defend the defenseless. Her older brother is learning to be a great magician, but he still has a way to go. Her parents are fantastic magicians, but unfortunately, as the story begins, they accidently turn themselves into pigs and can no longer do magic unless they have the hair from a red-headed giant.

That isn't the only problem. A neighboring lord has decided he wants their magical singing books and attacks their castle. Igraine and her magical brother (who isn't magical enough yet because he is young) must rally to save the castle.

This book never gets too dark. The story is light and fun with a little bit of danger. Cornelia Funke's illustrations add to the story and bring her characters to life.

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