Twelve-year-old Alyssa McCarthy can no longer stand the toughness of her uncle and wants a better life. But one day she discovers not only the existence of magic, but also a villain hunting her down. The villain uses magic and magical technology to kidnap Alyssa to the Fiji Islands. As much as she wants to go home, she has to face some dangerous challenges first. Not only that, the villain himself must also be defeated. Can Alyssa succeed, even with the help of her mentors?
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My thoughts on From Frights to Flaws
Five years ago, Alyssa lost her parents. Three years ago, her aunt followed. Now, she’s living in a depressing, strict house with an uncle who won’t even let her call her godfather unless she does something extraordinary to earn the privilege. You’d think she could maybe catch a break with a cool babysitter, but nope, Mrs. Hutchinson is as stodgy as they get. Is it any wonder the girl needs a little magic in her life?
Fortunately, that’s exactly what she gets, although it’s more than just a little magic! Rather quickly (the story doesn’t waste much time getting to the good stuff), Alyssa finds herself in a whole new world beyond her wildest imagination. It starts with strange messages and rain that just isn’t quite right. The magic continues to build until Alyssa is kidnapped by an evil wizard and whisked away to the Fiji islands. While no one wants to be kidnapped, I kind of felt like she was better off with the evil wizard!
From Flights to Flaws was a fun story about a girl who deals with so much in her life, yet still manages to be a sweet and spirited kid. The story is full of imaginative characters, including a marshakeet! Everyone needs one of those for a friend! Want to know what it is? Read the book! If you enjoy magical adventures mixed with coming-of-age stories, you’ll love From Flights to Flaws!
Sunayna Prasad has been writing stories for over thirteen years, starting at the age of six. Now nineteen, she will start her junior year of college this fall, and will study accessory design as well as continue to write for children. Aside from that, Sunayna also likes to cook, watch movies, and draw. She lives on Long Island, New York, with her family.
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