Book Information
Rating: Excellent
Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Ross MacKenzie
Publisher: Kelpies
Year: 2016
ISBN: 9781782503040
Pages: 280

One summer night, a young girl in a yellow raincoat appears below Kirby’s window and poses a question. “Are you brave?” The girl’s name is Amelia Pigeon, and she is more than what she seems. Kirby soon finds himself helping her to vanquish dark forces that have made their way into his quiet seaside town. As he faces killer spiders, witches, shadow-birds, and powerful evil entities, Kirby learns about friendship, bravery, the power of love, and being true to oneself.

Author Ross MacKenzie weaves ancient magic into the modern world in a fast-paced tale that is suspenseful and gripping. Kirby’s story teaches readers that fear is nothing to be ashamed of, and that it is even necessary to overcome scary situations. Amelia’s character embodies the essence of change and forgiveness. The book is filled with mystery and fantasy. It also contains dark magic, which may not be enjoyable for all audiences.