4 Star Review
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To the Moon and Back by Kate Holmgren is a captivating middle-grade book that takes readers on a thrilling adventure alongside eight-year-old Sophie and her companion, Justice, a twenty-pound cat. This enchanting tale introduces us to Sophie, a young girl with untamable copper-colored hair and mismatched eyes—one pale green, the other a beautiful light ocean blue. With an attic filled with vibrant artwork, clocks, posters, and mystery books, Sophie's world is full of color and mystery.
But there's a secret that lies within the locked attic. What could be the reason for confining this imaginative and curious child? As the moon shines high in the sky and the clocks tick away, Sophie and Justice embark on a hero's journey to seek safety and unravel the mystery behind their captivity.
To the Moon and Back is the first book in a middle-grade series, and it effortlessly captivates young readers with its unique characters and exciting plot twists. Kate Holmgren weaves a tale of adventure, suspense, and discovery that will leave readers eagerly turning the pages. The author's vivid descriptions bring the attic space to life, allowing readers to immerse themselves in Sophie's world and imagine the kaleidoscope of colors surrounding her.
One of the book's strengths lies in the relatable and endearing characters. Sophie is a young protagonist who will resonate with readers, as she embodies curiosity, courage, and a longing for freedom. Justice, the feline companion, adds a touch of charm and companionship to the story. Together, they make a formidable duo, navigating hidden worlds and unraveling the mysteries that lie in their path.
The pacing of the story is excellent, with the right balance of suspense and moments of reflection. Kate Holmgren keeps readers engaged with each chapter, leaving them yearning to know what happens next. The narrative flows smoothly, and the author's writing style is accessible and engaging for young readers, making it an enjoyable read from start to finish.
To the Moon and Back is more than just an adventure story; it explores themes of resilience, friendship, and the power of imagination. Through Sophie's journey, young readers will be inspired to embrace their own curiosity, face challenges head-on, and seek answers to the mysteries that surround them. This book encourages young minds to explore hidden worlds and discover their own strength and bravery.
In conclusion, To the Moon and Back by Kate Holmgren is a must-read for young readers who love adventure, suspense, and a good story. With its unique characters, thrilling plot twists, and themes of courage and imagination, this book will captivate the hearts and minds of its audience. Readers will be left eagerly awaiting the next installment in this middle-grade series.
About the Author
Kate Holmgren writes children’s stories. To her, this is a bit of a wonder, for her father, a tough old bird of a cowboy, had long been known as the storyteller in the family.
But on the journey of motherhood, traveling down roads of blacktop or clay gumbo in an old green club-cab pickup with three very active little boys, she chanced upon her own storyteller’s heart. Her sons listened in wonder; Kate sensed the mantle of her father’s teller of tales coming to settle upon her own shoulders.
Kate’s stories continue to interweave humor, risk, faith, and courage. They ask questions about what it means to be a hero, a part of a family, and a friend. She is currently at work on a trilogy, A Hidden World, woven of travels filled with amazement all their own.