Fish & Sphinx (MiddleGate Series)
Great Plains Publications (2008)
Reviewed by Matthew Feliciano (age 8) for Reader Views (8/08)
“Fish & Sphinx” was a fun fantasy book at times, but a lot of times I couldn’t keep up with what was going on. There was too much happening at once and too many things that didn’t make sense to me. But, overall it was good. I like fantasy and fiction novels a lot and this was one that made you want to join on the adventure.
This book was about two kids who are cousins. They are eleven-years-old; Wil is a boy and Sophie is a girl. Wil and Sophie discovered an evil plan made up by the Serpent’s Chain, which is a magical secret organization. The Serpent’s Chain was going to take over MiddleGate unless Wil and Sophie found a way to break a secret code and save their city.
If you liked Harry Potter, you will probably like this book. There were ghosts, secret cities underneath regular ones, and ordinary kids with magical powers. Both kids in this book lived with relatives because their parents were dead. Wil had inherited a medallion from his grandmother that took a lot of responsibility to take care of. There were signs and clues everywhere, too, like lots of fish popping up and things like that.
Even though I had a hard time keeping up, maybe it would be easier if you read the other books in this series before reading this one. I didn’t know who the characters were and there were so many I got lost. Also, there was a lot of a foreign language at the beginning of each chapter and some strange version of English that I couldn’t always understand. “Fish & Sphinx” by Rae Bridgman was tough but a good challenge for me.
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