Reviews for Dandelion Fire : Library Edition

School Library Journal Reviews 2009 June

Gr 5-8--In N.D. Wilson's first book in this planned trilogy, 100 Cupboards (May 2008, p. 78), Henry York came to Henry, Kansas to live with his aunt and uncle and discovered a secret wall with 99 cupboards, each a portal which led to a different world. In this second story (Random, 2009), the boy discovers that he was born in one of the worlds of the cupboard. But which one? Henry disappears into the magical realm to discover his heritage. Along the way he battles an evil witch and a wizard. His cousin Henrietta follows into another world, and Uncle Henry, Aunt Dotty, and the younger cousins are forced to explore yet another world. The language is lyrical and Russell Horton provides terrific narration. Each of the numerous characters speaks with a distinct voice and provides much of the humor of the story. However, those looking for an action-packed plot will be disappointed as they meander through the multiple story lines waiting for something to happen. The adventure seems to come to a satisfying conclusion for Henry and his Kansas family, but a third book is still planned.--Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Broken Arrow, OK

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