CM . . .
. Volume XXIII Number 39. . . .June 16, 2017
Hannah and the Magic Eye.
Winnipeg, MB: Great Plains, 2017.
165 pp., trade pbk., EPUB & Kindle, $11.95 (pbk.).
ISBN 978-1-927855-68-3 (pbk.), ISBN 978-1-927855-69-0 (EPUB), ISBN 978-1-927855-70-6 (Kindle).
Grades 4-7 / Ages 9-12.
Review by Tabitha Nordby.
[This journey was] taking her on a tour through the last three-thousand years of Israel’s major religions–from Judaism, to Islam, and lastly to Christianity – all of them locked together by a shared history in this solitary, enchanted city and a magical ring once worn by its wisest king.
Tyler Enfield’s Hannah and the Magic Eye is a “Da Vinci Code” meets “Indiana Jones” style adventure/thriller in which two unlikely companions are thrown together to solve an ancient mystery.
Twelve-year-old independent and tenacious Hannah travels from her home in Brussels, Belgium, to visit her archaeologist grandfather, Henri, in Jerusalem. Upon Hannah’s arrival, however, her grandfather is nowhere to be found; instead, a mysterious note is left in his stead. The coded letter leads Hannah to embark on a journey to find Henri who has been kidnapped by a secret society known as the Cancellarii.
Along the way, Hannah meets Samir, a Palestinian boy who calls himself Clooney as he loves all things American and fancies himself to resemble the American heartthrob. Hannah and Clooney form a wary alliance, but eventually they learn to trust each other while on their quest to rescue Henri.
Although some of the action sequences move so quickly it’s difficult to get a firm hold on the story, what Enfield does really well is to identify a variety of religious and historical influences on culture and how that impacts the relationship between a Jewish girl and a Palestinian boy.
Hannah and the Magic Eye is strongly recommended for readers who have enjoyed Enfield’s Wrush and other lightening paced adventure stories with multiple twists and turns
Tabitha Nordby is a Readers’ Advisory and Reference Instructor in the Library and Information Technology Program at Red River College in Winnipeg, MB.
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