Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Ten Riddles of Eartha Quicksmith by Loris Owen

The Ten Riddles of Eartha Quicksmith is an engaging mystery full of riddles, puzzles and unusual energies. Right from the start, Kip is challenged to “Change Your World” as he follows strange clues around his neighbourhood. Who is sending these clues? Why him? Where are they leading?

Kip already lives a life of turmoil and loss. He and his dad try to make a happy life for themselves in London with his pet flying squirrel, Pinky, but everything they do is overshadowed by those who are no longer there. Kip finds it so difficult to fit in at school and find his group. Perhaps this will finally be his chance to discover where he truly belongs.

This is a story so many children will identify with. Those who feel alone, knowing there is something special about themselves that no one else really understands. Children who love a challenge intellectually and thrive on solving puzzles will be pulled in from the very first page. The treatment of abstract concepts such as energy and time is fascinating and presents a whole new theory to think about.

As Kip and his new friends strive to discover the secrets on the universe, science beyond science and art beyond art, they find so much more than they bargained for. They must look at things from a new perspective and take responsibility for the things that are precious to them.

Thank you to NetGalley and Firefly Press for this intriguing book!

Click on the cover below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.

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