“A fresh new fantasy, of an enchanting world.” – Wendy Orr, New York Times best selling author of Nim’s Island. When fifteen-year-old Esme Silver objects at her father’s wedding, her protest is dismissed as the action of a stubborn, selfish teenager. Everyone else has accepted the loss of Esme’s mother, Ariane – so why can’t she?
But Esme is suspicious. She is sure that others are covering up the real reason for her mother’s disappearance – that ‘lost at sea’ is code for something more terrible, something she has a right to know.
After Esme is accidentally swept into the enchanted world of Aeolia, the truth begins to unfold. With her newfound friends, Daniel and Lillian, Esme retraces her mother’s steps in the glittering canal city of Esperance, untangling the threads of Ariane’s double life. But the more Esme discovers about Ariane, the more she questions whether she really knew her at all.
This fresh, inventive tale, the first in an MG-to-YA series, is an ideal read for 10-14 year olds. Esme’s Wish recently won first place in the fantasy category of the 2018 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, which recognises excellence in children’s literature.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is a lovely fantasy book aimed at 10 to 14 year-olds. Esme has never given up hope that her missing mother would come back one day. Seven years ago her mum had gone out and just not returned, no note or reason. Esme is 15 now and her father has just remarried, while the couple is away on honeymoon, she is going to make one last attempt to find out what happened to her mum.
Esme sees an eagle and follows it to the beach, where an adventure begins as she travels through a rockpool into another world that she hadn’t known existed. There she meets Daniel and Lillian and it soon becomes clear that her mother came to this place regular too. Esperance is a magical place, with dragons, sorcery and so many people that knew her mum Ariane.
The three teenagers are determined not to give up until they get answers to what happened to Ariane the day that she disappeared. The teenagers are fearless and relentless in their search for the truth, have clues to follow and puzzles to solve. Real heroes for readers to get behind while their minds are filled with vivid descriptions of magical creatures and beings.
A great book in a new series for children to fall in love with. I wish to thank the author for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
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