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Fork-Tongue Charmers: The Luck Uglies, Book 2

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Tween girl fights foes, evil in sweet, exciting sequel.

Book Paul Durham Fantasy 2015
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Both kids and adults will get a kick out of Rye, her friends, and her family as their characters develop and face new dangers. They stand up to the oppressive Earl and his minions, as well as traitors (and unexpected allies) within their own ranks. There are plenty of laughs (for example, Rye's struggles with "skunk foot" and Folly's potion that makes Rye's feet glow in the dark), along with serious issues: family estrangements, bullying, and governments that want to exterminate kids who are "different."

Besides the appealing, determined characters and their nonstop perils, one of the real charms of the Luck Uglies series is author Paul Durham's fine use of language -- for example, "Rye rejoined her friends, squinting at the horizon where Longchance's warships rocked offshore like patient wolves."

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