This book should be way better known! It's a really fun & suspenseful middle-grade/YA children's adventure story that kids who like HARRY POTTER and older fantasy stories such as THE HOBBIT or THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE will really enjoy. I love how--unlike many of those books!--it features a strong, resourceful female protagonist of color. Also, the vivid world-building makes you feel like you have truly stepped into another realm. And finally, I appreciate all the allusions to other fantasy books such as ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. Why did it take me so long to discover this great book?! Adults, give this one to the kids in your life!