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For her birthday her uncle Frank takes the girls on a cruise of Biloxi Bay, while Liberty’s parents prepare for her birthday. When out on the water Frank demonstrates his new invention, unexpected consequences ensue and the group find themselves somewhere in South Pacific or is it some time? What follows is a rollicking adventure with island natives, dread pirates and maybe even an old enemy.
For a middle grade adventure this story is remarkably well developed. Kudos to author for not writing down to her audience. Not only does Libby have to deal with mastering, or not quite mastering, her new found powers, but she is also dealing with struggles that come with simply being an eleven year old girl; like bra shopping, body changes, and changing relationships with her friends and within her family. It is nice to see a fantasy story where young women will be able to see themselves in the characters.
As a character she is spunky and persistent. She could do with a dose of self esteem, but then what adolescent couldn’t. The characters around her are an eclectic bunch including a feisty AI robot named Esmerelda, invented by her slightly scatterbrained-genius Uncle Frank, Uncle Frank’s mostly skeptical sailing buddy Sal and Liberty’s foster sister Ginny.
This is a book for girls that isn’t too girly. I especially enjoyed the nod to Spiderman and the famous “with great powers come great responsibilities,” mantra. It is concept that applies so well across genders and generations.
All in all this a fun adventure. It is the second volume in the series and while it would have been nice to have read the first book, because it seems as if it also is a stellar adventure, not having done so didn’t hamper my enjoyment of this read at all. This book began with a warning to the reader to proceed with caution, that adventure, danger and dark mysteries of magic will be forthcoming and the story delivers. I am looking forward to more adventures with Libby and her crew.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
They meet Libby's Uncle Frank at the bay, where Libby discovers a huge surprise waiting for her. There sits an enormous ship owned by none other than her Uncle Frank! What's more, they will be touring the bay in it! Instead of going on the boat ride, her parents leave to pick up supplies for the picnic they will be having later. Meanwhile, Libby, Ginny, and Uncle Frank start the tour.
After the ship starts moving, Uncle Frank takes her below deck to show her another birthday surprise. He has made a new invention to teleport her birthday present to the other side of the bay where they'll pick it up. He activates the device, only to have something go terribly wrong. It leaves the device in tatters, and nobody knows where they are.
What happened to the device, and why has everything gone black? In a strange place, with dark forces and angry islanders after them, how are they going to find their way back home?
I really liked Liberty Frye and the Sails of Fate. It did not disappoint and was just as exciting as the first book. The author, J. L. McCreedy, masterfully crafted a book full of action, adventure, and suspense that commanded my attention from beginning to end.
The descriptions were also outstanding; they made me feel as though I was experiencing the journey for myself. Just one example of the detailed descriptions was, “Uncle Frank saw something just as incredible outside, because now, that electric blue cloud pulsed and throbbed with renewed energy until suddenly, the cloud burst apart like a million shooting blue stars, each star falling directly from the sky...”
The themes of family and friendship were woven throughout this book. I could relate to the characters; they were believable and felt very realistic. I would recommend this book to ages 12 and up or to anyone who has read and enjoyed book one, Liberty Frye and the Witches of Hessen.
Reviewed by a LitPick student book reviewer Age:14
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