SHARDS (Book II)
Silver medal, 2010 Mom's Choice Awards
Having been cast into a spell to live as spirits in the river Kai, twelve children continue their quest to find a way to break the spell.
The children have become familiar with the witch's rules for the spell, and the consequences of disobeying them. But they soon realize, when it is least expected, that rules change and everything they had learned about surviving life in the river and finding their way home is now in jeopardy.
Although the wood spirits and the river spirits worked together to stop the life-threatening development on the riverbank in Book I (The Glass Table), the alliance is once again in tatters after Ming Zhi Chen escapes. As a consequence, seven-year-old Jasper cannot be found, just as Faith Prattle disappeared after Toby Witherspoon's escape. With just four river spirits left at the glass table, and with the brains of their outfit gone (Ming), the river spirits start to wonder if they will ever return home as children. Thoughts again turn toward a mass escape, albeit, more wood spirits would die.
"I liked the concept of this book; the fantasy wrapped inside a typical, hot, summer day. The mixture of conservation, anti-establishment, fantasy and a bit of "Lord of the Flies" makes for an intriguing plot. I liked the opening especially; it immediately foreshadows some of the novel's main themes and offers images that would be particularly appealing to young readers, especially young male readers. I also liked the extensive use of dialogue which moves the story along nicely. And I also liked it when the book shifted from the fantasy of the kids in their underwater world to the outer, upper world of worried parents. That too, makes the plot move well." -- Writers Digest
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, with an environmental theme. Likened to Lord of the Flies, Scat.