Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City by Kristen Miller


 I want you to close your eyes for a minute and picture this:

Imagine that it's early on a Saturday morning, so early that no one else is awake and you're not sure why you're awake either. As you go to the kitchen for a glass of water you happen to glance out the window and you see it. A great, big, giant hole. I'm talking swallowed the side walk and a couple of park benches, glad there wasn't a house there because it would be GONE sized hole. There's no one outside, no caution tape around the hole, no workers trying to fill it in. You may be the very first person who has ever seen this gigantic hole. Until. Out of the corner of your eye you see a small girl, a child really, sneak up to the edge of the hole, look around like she's trying to figure out if she's being watched, and then jump in.

What do you do? Do you go get your water and come back to bed? Maybe try to find a Saturday morning cartoon? Do you wake up your parents or call the police? Or do you sneak back to your room, pull on some clothes and follow that girl down the hole to see what you can find?

That's the choice that Ananka Fishbein is faced with in the first few chapters of Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City . And since the book last longer than those first couple chapters I'm sure you can guess what her decision was. But it's what follows that's truly amazing.

Read Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City to discover what Ananka finds inside the hole- including but not limited to millions of rats, secret tunnels, rooms full of treasure and plague and a band of delinquent girl scouts.

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