Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Key to Rondo by Emily Rodda

When good old dependable Leo inherits a beautiful, antique music box from his great-aunt, his life is turned upside-down. First, his annoying, headstrong cousin Mimi comes to stay with his family with her horrible little dog, Mutt. When Mimi decides to break the first of a set of rules that have been handed down with the music box, strange events are set into motion. A powerful witch is released and the music box is revealed to be much more than it seems. Leo and Mimi must embark on a difficult quest to save Mutt as well as an entire world from destruction.

Filled with adventure, friendships, magic, and betrayals, this is an exciting and thrilling story sure to please any fantasy fans, especially those seeking stories about magical worlds and creatures. I loved the twists and turns introduced in the book and was very pleased to find the story intriguing, fast-paced, and well-written. The characters are believable and well fleshed-out. If you choose to read this story, you will never look at gingerbread men the same way again!

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