More Than Magic

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More Than Magic

Ryder Holmsby was the inspiration for a cartoon character, Rory, created by her mom and dad. Unfortunately, her mom passed away two years ago. Ryder and her dad have been adjusting to life without her. Ryder’s dad suddenly starts acting different and begins dating Bernice. Bernice barges into their lives trying to take over and change everything, including the future of Rory and the show. Rory can’t allow this to happen so she finds a way to project herself out of the TV to warn Ryder. Ryder, Rory and a couple of staff members come to the rescue along with Ryder’s dearly beloved Granny. This story has the characters going back and forth between reality and Rory’s world, Ecalpon. They are fighting against time because they have to make sure they have everything fixed before the new movie premiere.

This was a cute story that intertwined reality and animation. Ryder was having a hard time dealing with the loss of her mother and now the new girlfriend. When she finally met Rory face-to-face, she realized that Rory was like her mom’s child also. Her mom had created Rory. Ryder was able to share feelings of her loss with someone that understood. This had a Cinderella twist because Bernice had 3 daughters and she wanted her daughters upfront and the center of attention. Instead of a Prince’s ball, she wanted to ensure Rory’s new image was based on her daughter, Bliss. There was also quite a bit of detail regarding computer animation and creating these characters. This was educational and would be good information for someone that is interested in that field.

Book Blurb for More Than Magic

Girls who enjoy spunky heroines such as Merida from Brave (Disney/Pixar) and Ella from Ella Enchanted will want to join Rory and Ryder in their adventures in our world—and the world beyond the TV. An exciting new middle-grade fantasy from Kathryn Lasky, bestselling author of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole series.

Ryder Holmsby is the same age as Rory, the popular TV cartoon character her animator parents created. Ryder and Rory are alike—bold and brave! But Ryder is a bit lonely: Mom passed away a couple of years ago, and Dad is dating a woman with snooty teenage daughters. Ryder doesn’t fit in with them at all.

And then: Shazam! Rory jumps out of the TV into Ryder’s bedroom to tell her that the TV studio behind her parents’ show is trying to turn Rory into a dopey princess—no more adventures. She needs Ryder’s help! The two girls team up with a crew of animated and real-life friends to save the day in both worlds.

Kathryn Lasky, bestselling author of the Guardians of Ga’hoole series, the Wolves of the Beyond series, and the Horses of the Dawn series, delivers a whimsical tale in which inner strength is the greatest form of magic.

Age Range: 8 - 12 years / Grade Level: 3 - 7

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2017 3.50