Monday, November 5, 2007

Kendra Kandlestar and the Door to Unger

Kendra Kandlestar and the Door to Unger
Lee Edward Fodi
Brown Books Publishing Group
16200 North Dallas Parkway, Suite 170, Dallas, TX 75248
ISBN: 9781-933285083-2, $16.95, 2007.
Reviewed by Brianne Plach for Reader Views Kids, 11/07.

Do you think going to a fantasy world with fauns and dwarves would be fun? You know like Lucy did in "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." This is not a trip to Narnia, but instead a trip to a different fantasy world. Its not Lucy that is visiting this strange land but the main girl character is named Kendra Kandlestar.

She is drawn into this mysterious land when she receives a cryptic message. The meaning of the message makes her so curious. She goes to Unger to discover the answer to a question that she has been wondering about her whole life. There is a secret about her family, will going through the door of Unger bring her the answer she wants. Or is she better off staying on one side of the door? But if she doesn't go through the door, she wouldn't get to meet a bunch of interesting characters and the book wouldn't be nearly as exciting.

Around every corner, it seems like Kendra is meeting someone different. The characters are interesting but also sometimes very funny. Alot of kids need to have something funny happening in books to keep them reading, this book has funny things happening every few pages. "Kendra Kandlestar and the Door to Unger" is a sure fire hit to attract young readers. This is a second book in a series, but there is no reason why you wouldn't be able to read this one first and then the other one. The door to Unger opens when you open the pages of this book. You will certainly have a trip you won't soon forget!