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THE SHADOW THIEVES by Anne Ursu

See that girl, the one with the bright red hair, overstuffed backpack, and aura of grumpiness? That's Charlotte Mielswetzski. And something extraordinary is about to happen to her.

Thus starts the story, THE SHADOW THIEVES. At first I thought this book was yet another take on the popular UNFORTUNATE EVENTS.

Boy, was I mistaken! This tale follows Charlotte and her cousin Zee, who comes to visit from England. Weird things start happening with his arrival. Kids start falling ill. A very cute kitten appears out of nowhere and demands to go home with her. And what's with those white-faced, yellow-eyed men in tuxedos, who follow her everywhere.

I thought this story had a clever way of combining Greek mythology with two modern day kids. The story kept my interest and I found myself looking up some Greek characters. I have to admit, my knowledge of Greek mythology is rusty after all these years. The author does a great job of describing the underworld, the immortals, and the fate of those who die. I'd like to see some of these Gods in our world--which I'm sure the author will do with her follow-up book.

I feel that readers will enjoy this tale and maybe even want to check out some more stories that deal with Greek legends.
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