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The Spirit Glass

By JK Sooja, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Magical, inventive adventure has ghosts, talks about death.

The Spirit Glass book cover: Asian girl with green lizard on her shoulder center looks into a blue mirror and sees her reflection and a boy ghost staring back at her

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This magical tale of family and friendship is inventive and fun. There are, however, many ghosts, ghouls, and spirits in The Spirit Glass, some of which may scare some younger tween readers. One particular kind, called manananggals, are said to "eat children" and are described as ghoulish and vampiric. There is also a terribly sad story of a young family tormented by a bad man and angry mob. They burn down the family's house with them in it, and their little boy dies also. The bad man is described as a sexual predator who was stalking the mother and got increasingly enraged about her rejections. So there are plenty of dark elements to be aware of.

But if these themes and ghostly elements aren't too intense, there is a great adventure story here full of creativity, hilarious characters, fun action, challenging missions, and some fantastic twists that will surprise and satisfy. This story is rooted in and inspired by Filipino culture and tradition. The magic, creatures, spirits, environments, and mythology are all inventively used here, and the creatures, ghosts, and spirits have fun and unique personalities. A strong entry into the middle grade fantasy genre, this novel will thrill fans of Chokshi's previous books and any intrepid reader looking for a magical read.

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