Author – James Norcliffe
Age – 9+
David is pleased when his mum’s Uncle Felix is coming to stay. Uncle Felix is the author of a series of fantasy books about the land of Auxillaris that David has read and enjoyed. The two main characters are named Felix and Bella.
But David’s older brother and sister, twins Gray and Martha, think Uncle Felix is weird. Gray in particular isn’t happy that he and his pet rats have to move into David’s room. During his great uncle’s stay, David begins to reread his favourite of his uncle’s books ‘Into Auxillaris’.
When Gray discovers his pet rats have turned tomato red, he blames his little brother. David denies everything but notices Uncle Felix looking very thoughtful. Do the red rats have anything to do with the book he is reading?
This is adventure story a little like Narnia, a little like The Never-ending story and a lot of fun to read. Another fabulous fantasy from the author of the award winning ‘Loblolly Boy,’ this story is told in alternate chapters of reality and fantasy, blending together effortlessly. It tells a tale of sibling rivalry, an exiled princess, strange creatures, an evil ruler and a riddle to be solved. There is some challenging vocabulary throughout the story but this only adds to the imaginative narrative. Great for readers 9+
Fantastic Kiwi Fiction from an Award Winning author.
(Imagination, Magic, Adventure, Rescue, Friends, Family, Riddle)