From School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Lyssa can hardly say the words to acknowledge that her mother has died, and, with her death, the magic is gone. Her mom, a talented singer, let magic "float through her life like a breeze." She was imaginative and told Lyssa that she would have grand adventures. When Lyssa learns that her mom's former home is scheduled to be demolished, she knows she must return to Austin, Texas, to do whatever she can to save it from destruction. She leaves Washington and the home she shares with Michael, her stepfather, and sets off on her quest with little more than the $13 she has in her backpack. Her journey is both realistic and fanciful as she encounters a wide range of colorful characters. Zip, her trusted scooter, is her constant companion, but she hears her mother's voice encouraging and comforting her on her adventure. A sandwich reminds her of the perfect sandwiches Michael made for her and she realizes that she's starting to miss him and some of their shared experiences. Lyssa wants to find her own voice, just like her mother, and her journey helps her appreciate Michael and her new home. This is a clever novel with a bright and spunky heroine. Readers will root for her and empathize with her search to find her place in the world.-Helen Foster James, University of California at San Diegoα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
“Zip, zap, and zoom with Lyssa as she races against the clock!” –GirlsLife.com
“A clever novel with a bright and spunky heroine. Readers will root for her and empathize with her search to find her place in the world.” –School Library Journal
“Slapstick humor and a sense of magic help maintain this affecting story’s levity as Lyssa learns to overcome her fears and accept change.” –Publisher's Weekly
“Totally enchanting! I loved this book every step of the way! Lyssa’s journey is a once-in-a-lifetime odyssey, where seeds sprout in front of your eyes and the winds of change blow you to runaway rockstars and glass-skinned monsters alike.” –Shelby Bach, author of Of Giants and Ice