Reviews for Dandelion Fire : Library Edition

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The sequel to the 100 CUPBOARDS continues the story of Henry and his cousin, Henrietta. In the first tale, they discovered that the cupboards in Henrietta's Kansas home lead to other worlds. Now they continue to slip in and out of odd realities, always avoiding the evil witch of Endor. This follow-up focuses on Henry's determination to find his birth parents. His convoluted explorations now involve every member of his cousin's family. Russell Horton's gripping narration keeps listeners engaged with what is sometimes a meandering, nonsensical adventure. Horton's reading makes it worth hearing. It is studded with spectacular performances, like Horton's chilling portrayal of the evil wizard Darius. Horton's performance may hook new fans, all of whom will hope that he returns to narrate the third book of this trilogy. S.W. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

School Library Journal Reviews 2009 June

Gr 5-8--In N.D. Wilson's first book in this planned trilogy, 100 Cupboards (May 2008, p. 78), Henry York came to Henry, Kansas to live with his aunt and uncle and discovered a secret wall with 99 cupboards, each a portal which led to a different world. In this second story (Random, 2009), the boy discovers that he was born in one of the worlds of the cupboard. But which one? Henry disappears into the magical realm to discover his heritage. Along the way he battles an evil witch and a wizard. His cousin Henrietta follows into another world, and Uncle Henry, Aunt Dotty, and the younger cousins are forced to explore yet another world. The language is lyrical and Russell Horton provides terrific narration. Each of the numerous characters speaks with a distinct voice and provides much of the humor of the story. However, those looking for an action-packed plot will be disappointed as they meander through the multiple story lines waiting for something to happen. The adventure seems to come to a satisfying conclusion for Henry and his Kansas family, but a third book is still planned.--Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Broken Arrow, OK

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