The Emerald Key

By Mark Frederickson and Melora Pineda

Hi! Have you ever gone up to your attic and found some treasure there? Well, Penny has! It all started with a fire.

Penny and her best friend, Laci, had gone up into the attic to get some bed sheets for Penny’s grandma. There they found a secret box hidden in a wooden plank on the floor. In it were a jewel and a journal. Laci flipped through the journal to look through some things, and when she did, she started reading a paragraph out loud with an outline of the jewel on the page. But as soon as she finished reading, Penny said, “We really need to get the bed sheets and go.” So they did. But, little did they know, they had opened a portal into a mysterious world full of dragons and other creatures. And a dragon had just entered the portal into the human world. And that’s when the fire happened.

The firemen came at once. But, the oddest thing happened after they had put out the fire. They couldn’t find what had caused it! And they couldn’t find Penny’s cat, Fluffy. When Penny with her friends Ethan, Buzz, and Laci, raced up to the attic, they saw the dragon. Then they figured out that they had made a portal that had caused the dragon to come there. Then, Laci read the paragraph aloud again and put the jewel in the outline to create the portal again. But, the portal was so powerful, it sucked all four of them, along with the dragon, inside.

When they started out on their journey, they came across a village. But the people there weren’t very nice to them. They only met one guy who offered to help. His name was Hallvard. He got them a long ways on their journey, although he did ask them to do a few crazy things – like jump into a river and stuff like that. Pretty soon, they came across a man who helped them, and his name was Thuban. But, little did they know that Thuban would cause them more troubles than the dragon already had.

Will they succeed in getting the dragon back to his home without any more troubles along the way, or will Thuban cause more troubles than they can ever imagine? As I always say, read the book to find out!

I recommend this book to readers who love adventure, fantasy, mystery and magic. Because that’s certainly this book’s genres! My favorite part was when they got sucked into the portal. It felt like they were being squished into these tiny tubes and being pushed all throughout the world.

A few helpful things I like to say about the books I read:

“Run and Get Mom” (how I describe the scariness factor): There were a few scary parts, but nothing that I think you couldn’t handle.

“Yucky-Lovey Stuff” (how I describe the romance factor): There were just a few yucky-lovey parts in this book. Only ones that involved hugging of boys and girls.

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I give this book 5 wands.
This book was amazing! It combined a lot of my favorite genres into it, and I always wanted to know what was next. Most of the chapters ended up with a cliff-hanger. And that cliff-hanger always kept me going. If you like these genres that I mentioned earlier, then you will be sure to love this book!

Source: Review Copy