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Fire and Ice: Spirit Animals, Book 4

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Characters face loss, frostbite in exciting installment.

Book Shannon Hale Fantasy 2014
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The Spirit Animals series is definitely built on a solid foundation. The four 11-year-old characters are great, and there's a big adventurous journey in each installment, with bad guys always on their tails for that jolt of excitement. In FIRE AND ICE, Rollan faces some painful decisions when he reunites with the mother who abandoned him. This is handled poignantly by author Shannon Hale and adds a nice depth to the story.

Once again, the baddest bad guy of the series -- the Devourer -- barely makes a cameo, and very little is revealed about the bigger story here. Another disappointment: There's a fantastic moment where characters think all is lost -- they've been tricked and may die on the ice. The tension stops there, though, and the problem is resolved in two pages. Luckily, Fire and Ice makes up for that in the final, nail-biter battle scenes.

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