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With the witches free from Nowhere life has yet to return to normal for the Sinclairs. In fact, it's gotten a whole lot weirder. Abbey, Caleb, and Simon have been forbidden, by their parents, from going near the stones, but Abbey soon learns that her mother has been sneaking off in the early hours to use them. Caleb is still upset with Simon and Abbey for withholding information about his future, but when it's learned that Caleb has a secret of his own they reach a truce. Simon ends up in the hot seat for computer hacking and Caleb, Abbey, and Mark use the stones. What they uncover leads to more questions, which no one will answer. Mark has moved in with the Sinclairs since his mother's stroke and his map obsession plays a key role in uncovering the mystery of the stones. The trouble now is figuring out who they can trust, if anyone.
A Quill Ladder is every bit as good as the first book. I liked how the author included all the new characters that were revealed at the end of A Pair of Docks, but don't worry all the old characters are still present as well. I enjoyed learning more about Mark and that his vast knowledge of maps leads the kids to many new discoveries. He also seems to flourish as he begins exploring on his own and is able to employ techniques to help him in uncomfortable situations.
The author has a gift for spinning tales and readers will be intrigued by the clues as they are revealed and will find themselves trying to piece it all together along with the characters. A Quill Ladder is very well-written and my only disappointment was that the story came to an end. I am looking forward to book 3.
I highly recommend picking up a copy.
From my review on www.skiffyandfanty.com:
"A combination therefore of portal fantasy with science fiction involving time travel, alternate worlds, and quantum physics, A Pair of Docks and A Quill Ladder are rich playgrounds for young genre enthusiasts. Abbey is a refreshingly fabulous character, a realistically portrayed young teenage girl who is a mixture of confidence and uncertainty, a nerd who adores science, but who also appreciates — and can talk about — other things. Likewise, Mark is fascinating as a point of view character due to his autism and how that does and does not limit him. How other characters relate to Mark is just as intriguing, and I really enjoyed the increasing contributions of Mark to the plot of the sequel. I look forward to the books to come.
This is a case where readers need to start with A Pair of Docks before getting into the second book — or the books to come. Some things in that first book frustrated me, many of which are just inherent to series and are factors that other readers would adore. I appreciate Abbey’s enjoyment of puzzles and wanting to work things out (a trait that Mark shares as well). I had wanted to see more of this in the first book, but the second really delivered in these aspects — or the style of the series as a whole finally began to click with me. I also feel as though Ellis’ writing improved in the second book as she juggled multiple plot threads and characters with a consistent pacing. Despite A Quill Ladder having many more characters, Ellis wrote a relatively solid wrap-up (for a volume of a series),
For younger readers, such critiques may not matter much at all; there is plenty of fun and adventure to enjoy in these, with bits of physics and puzzles/clues to stimulate the curious and observant. If middle-grade and YA holds no interest to you or to others in your life, I’d encourage you to look up Ellis’ In the Shadows of the Mosquito Constellation and give a talented indie author’s work a try."
Disclaimer: I received a free electronic advanced reading copy of A Quill Ladder from the author in exchange for an honest review.