Book Review: Return to Thrae

ReturnToThraeby Krisi Pederson


Return to Thrae
Judith Galardi
1st Books Library, 142 pp.

Once there was a girl named Laney. She was sent to Earth from the planet Thrae when she was five. Laney’s Earth parents found her in a stream, but Laney was in a mermaid form. When it was time for Laney to go to high school her Earth parents told her that because she was a mermaid with special powers, like the ability to disintegrate things, she needed to go to a special school. Then someone named Dr. Bucci came in and watched her disintegrate things. He also explained to Laney that she would be going to a high school that he worked at, and how the school was only for people that had powers. When Laney went to the school she met all her teachers and saw where she would stay. One of her teachers hypnotized her to see if she could remember anything from the world Thrae. When she started remembering things she saw her mother, Darcy Lou. When Laney saw her she was scared and wanted to go have lunch, where she met Kertar. Kertar told Laney that the Garnots were evil people in a battle with the Thraeans. He also told her that her parents sent her to Earth for protection.

Later that day Laney went for a swim in the pool. As she suspected, she grew fins and her hair got longer and lighter and she started swimming very fast. Then the water turned a peach color and a large merman swam close to her and told her she was in Thrae and he was an old friend. Laney realized that some people were starting to freeze, and noticed other people helping to get them in sleeping bag-like things in an attempt to unfreeze them. Ostagus (the large merman) told Laney that was the work of the Garnots’ freezing weapon. Then both Laney and Ostagus sat at a long table with some other people and in that room she saw Kertar again. They all began to talk about how Laney was going to save Thrae. There were three caves, one held the real freezing weapon and the other two held fake devices. Laney had to disintegrate all three of them while the other people at the table destroyed the files on them and erased the Garnots’ memory. The Plan worked perfectly, but when Laney was in the caves she was caught by a Garnot. Fortunately, Laney was able to escape and disintegrate the other two weapons. When all of that was done, two people from the table told her they were Laney’s mom and dad. Laney’s dad was Ostagus. They also told Laney they would bring her back if they needed her to help their planet. Everybody said goodbye and Laney went back to Earth.

I think that this is a great book. I would recommend it to people who like adventure and lots of surprises. Return to Thrae is my most favorite book that I have ever read (and I’ve read a lot of books!). I hope you’ll like it as much as I did.


Book Review: Dragon’s Fire Wizard’s Flame

DragonsFireby Krisi Pederson


Dragon’s Fire Wizard’s Flame
Michael R. Mennenga
Dragon Moon Press, 248 pp.

Have you ever heard of a dragon with no fire? Well in this book there is a seventy-five-year-old fireless dragon named Zac. The story is about Zac going out to find his fire and finding adventures and friends along the way. What Zac didn’t know was that he was going to start an adventure in which he meets three new friends—Abraham (a moose), Jo (a squirrel), and Neft (a wizard)—finds a dragon from his childhood called Tyralus, and makes a new enemy named Erret. Zac’s parents (mom Athena and dad Ellayo) have stood up for him for his whole life and also play a role in the story. The book also talks about Zac’s crush on a beautiful dragon named Timelda. Since Zac was a fireless dragon, other dragons did not allow him to even look at her because they thought that if they got married and had kids there would be a whole chain of fireless freaks running around.

The story begins when Zac walks out of his home and sees a large creature standing there looking at him. So Zac walked closer to the creature to ask if “he knew where his fire was.” That was when he met his friend Abraham. When they met Jo they were traveling through a meadow (Jo’s meadow). On the second day they all ran into a monkey named Erret. Erret carried his own little staff because he used to be a very evil wizard but another wizard named Neft made him very weak and turned him into a monkey. Erret started taking power from Zac. Fortunately, Zac and his friends met Neft and he helped them with Erret. One day they ran into Tyralus and together Tyralus and Neft gave Zac a staff and trained him to use magic.

Neft, Zac, and Tyralus had to battle Erret and trap him in a powerless world. When they did that Zac went home and proved that he was not a freak. He and Timelda talked and Zac told her that “he could not stay but he would come to visit her a lot.”

Overall, I liked this book a lot. On a scale of one to ten I would give it a nine. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventures, dragons, and magic.