Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

29 Jan

EnchantedEnchanted by Alethea Kontis

Publisher Harcourt Children’s Books
Copyright: 2012

The cover of the paperback version I read of this book had an author’s quote saying roughly that if Neil Gaiman and the Grimm Brothers had a child who was a writer, it would be Ms. Kontis.  Such a combination advertisement was irresistible.

Sunday is the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter.  Her father is a seventh son.  With that genetic makeup, you can be assured that an adventure is at hand.

Sunday is the youngest, overlooked daughter.  Her only comfort is her writing, but her stories have an unfortunate effect of coming true.  So Sunday tries to write only her history, so nothing will change.  She befriends a frog, who is, of course, a magicked prince.  Then her aunt arrives from Faire, her frog friend disappears and things get interesting.

Enchanted is one of those books that throw as many fairy tales as possible in one situation.  You can have a fun time with a classroom discussion seeing how many references you get in just one chapter.  It’s a fun read and the subtitle (Woodcutter Sisters book #1) did not scare me away.  It shouldn’t scare you either.  Enjoy the book!

Recommended: Grades 5 & up

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