Greystone Valley by Charlie Brooks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Library Thing Early Reviewers
Genre: Middle Grade/Tween Fantasy
Book Description: Greystone Valley is a land of wizards, dragons, and warriors... and one young girl who ends up there quite by accident when her idle wish is granted.
Sarah discovers that not everything in the valley is as magic as she might’ve wished — especially the nearly illiterate wizard, the mouse-sized dragon, and the warrior who can’t stand the sight of blood. Being hunted isn’t helping, either. Will Sarah survive this new life of hers, or can she make it home?
And, more importantly, will she ever be the same again?
My thoughts: Sarah escapes reality by imagining adventures and reading her fantasy books. She doesn't want to deal with the fact that her father is gone and it's just her and her mother.
After an explosive encounter with her mother about not going to the psychiatrist anymore, she has a very realistic dream. She finds herself in the midst of a fantasy. She wakes up in a strange bed in a medieval inn. An army awaits the capture of the teen with the spell book. He is a wizard apprentice who is not very talented. The friends she makes in her journey are a motley crew. They are the heroes that are not the epic kind, but the good kind to have your back.
They meet a warlord, trolls, dragons, fairies, every possible creature that you would find in a fairy tale. She has the adventure she has always dreamed of, but realizes in the end that there is "no place like home."
This is story is told very well. It's fun for kids of all ages (that includes grown ups).
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