Monday, November 27, 2006

The Wizard, the Witch, and Two Girls from Jersey

In The Wizard, the Witch and Two Girls from Jersey by Lisa Papademetriou, Veronica Lopez is a straight-A fantasy-reading girl, who knows the plot of Queen of Twilight inside and out. Heather Simms knows all about fashion, celebrity gossip, and make-up application, and didn’t even remember that she had a paper due on that book the next day. Normally they wouldn’t talk to each other, even in English class. But when they get in a fight over the one remaining copy of the book in the bookstore, they find themselves in the book, right at the end of chapter two. And after a tragic accident leaves Princess Arabelle, the heroine of the book, shattered on the forest floor, they realize that the only way out is through. Though both of our heroines are better people at the end of the story, character development is not what it’s about. Papademetriou knows her fantasy, from books to movies to commercials: there are both Tolkien-esque High Elves and cookie-baking Kiblar elves. And the silliness of it all won’t keep you from rooting for Heather and Veronica as they try to rescue the Land of Twilight without the help of the author.

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