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Today on Middle-Grade Monday I am reviewing a book from over the pond :) Golden Mane by SJB Gilmour.
Her aunt and uncle allow her to be home schooled along with a fellow young woman, Mel, who wants to be a necromancer. As Sarah learns all about the supernatural world, she learns that she is a Golden Mane, a rare type of werewolf that holds great power. As her knowledge grows, so do her enemies- trolls! Soon Sarah is caught up in a prophecy to save her kind from destruction, rescue her parents from death, and defeat an evil sorcerer.
Such a wonderful and exciting middle grade read filled with fun colloquialisms from Australia. Youngsters will enjoy this new tale of the supernatural, with a unique take on werewolves and their world. The author's spin on natural werewolves who are classified by the color of their coats and who are able to wield several different types of magic is very creative and not your run of the mill story.
Our heroine, Sarah, is full of determination and spirit. She takes things well upon learning of her situation, and really only worries about what a normal pre-teen girl would, her unruly hair and how to solve it? Her character grows into wisdom and power as the story progresses, and in the end, she is set to take on an even bigger role involving the human world as well.
I found very few critical issues. There are POV switches within chapters, which is something I don't recommend. Also, the story is a bit wordy and I felt it could be broken down into maybe two books. However, the unique plot and great storytelling compensate for these issues and kids will have a wonderful time plunging themselves into Sarah's world.
Part one of a series, upper middle graders should give this one a try. 4 stars!