Sarah's Stars

Tony Abbott. Kringle
Scholastic  $18.99  ISBN 0-439-74942-5  324 pg.
Reviewed by Mathew, Age 11

Everything is quiet in the little house that Kringle and Merwen were living in until the goblins come. Kringle is cast out into the snowy night with nothing except Merwen’s fire stick, some food, and his long-dead father’s cloak.  He walks the road to Castrum only to find it smouldering and deserted. Kringle wonders what to do next, and then hears the small bell that chimes his name.

When he wakes up, he meets the elves and soon learns about the elven magic and the rune stones.  When he goes on a shoe-returning mission with the elves, the runes are lost in the city.  Kringle soon finds them, only to save a pirate boy’s life that was being attacked by goblins and taken aboard the pirate ship.

Kringle was written by Tony Abbott. He is the best selling author of the Secrets of Droon series.  This is his first hardcover novel, and I must say that I was very impressed.  I really enjoyed reading this book, because it is totally realistic, but with a touch of magic.  I also enjoyed reading this book because it grabbed my attention at the very beginning and never let go. Kringle is extremely full of unexpected twists and surprises.

I would recommend Kringle for people over the age of 10 because the problems and solutions need a more mature mind to understand and ‘wrap’ around them.  I feel that Tony Abbott uses very descriptive words so that you can almost see what he is explaining in your mind.  While I was reading Kringle, I couldn’t put it down- it was so exciting.

I give Kringle 5 stars.

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