Since the implantation of a sissimi (a protector spirit) in her arm in Thresholds (2010), Maya must navigate in two different spheres: the reality of home and school life and the alternate worlds opened to her by the magical folks who live next door. Mind melding with an alien and his sissimi makes Maya more aware of potential powers and wonders, but demands from every side leave her unsure of her path. While developing an ever-increasing cast of secondary characters, the engaging second book in the Magic Next Door series steeps the ongoing story in a spellbinding brew of magic and middle school. Grades 5-7. --Carolyn Phelan
About the Author
Over the past twenty-four years, Nina Kiriki Hoffman has sold novels, juvenile and media tie-in books, short story collections, and more than two hundred short stories. Her works have been finalists for the Nebula, World Fantasy, Mythopoeic, Sturgeon, and Endeavour awards. Her first novel, The Thread That Binds the Bones, won a Stoker Award. Nina's YA novel Spirits that Walk in Shadow and her science fiction novel Catalyst were published in 2006. Her fantasy novel Fall of Light will be published by Ace Books in May.