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The Last Fallen Star: Gifted Clans, Book 1

By JK Sooja, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Magical fantasy romp has awesome Korean American girl lead.

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This middle grade fantasy novel is fun, well-told, and inspiring. The Last Fallen Star features an ambitious fantasy world layered on top of a modern setting, magic, spells, cool creatures, celestial goddesses, and a fantastic girl hero to root for. The story combines Korean history, myth, and folklore with a modern world of magic, and each witch -- male or female -- harnesses their magic in different ways. But like so many heroes before her, Riley is different. Adopted and non-magical, she has felt like she doesn't belong her entire life. Her journey of identity and belonging will speak to many Asian American kids (and many kids generally) who feel similar to Riley because of being Asian or in any other way "different." The story is slow to find its feet, but once it does, hold on. Once Riley's journey properly begins, this book is hard to put down. By the end of her journey, Riley will redefine what it means to be family, to belong, and to be a hero. The story packs a decent emotional punch as well.

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