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Ed Kavanagh
Illustrated by Janice Udell
Goderich (Ont.), Moonstone Press, 1991. 72pp, paper, $8.95
ISBN 0-920259-33-2. CIP

Grades 2 to 4/Ages 7 to 9

Reviewed by Adele M. Fasick.

Volume 20 Number 2
1992 March

Amanda Greenleaf, a water sprite who has appeared in two previous books, Amanda Greenleaf Visits a Distant Star (Moonstone Press, 1986) and Amanda Greenleaf and the Spell of the Water Witch, pays another visit to the "Blue Star" in this book. In this adven­ture she has the help of Nollekens, a young magician with a repertoire of magic spells. Responding to a cry for help from two children on the Blue Star, they fly there to rescue the children's mother. With the help of Nollekens' magic spells and Amanda's lovely music, they not only rescue the mother but bring peace to the warring peoples of the Blue Star and usher in a new era of happiness before returning to their own planet.

Attractive illustrations and some ingenious twists of magic, which work effectively but not quite in the way expected, keep interest in the story alive. The tension never builds dramatically, however, because Amanda and Nollekens win each encounter a little too easily. The text is quite long for the age of children who are most likely to enjoy the simple story. Not a necessary purchase for most libraries.

Adele M. Fasick, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont.
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