Author: Jennifer Swann Downey
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Published: April 15, 2014
Source: review copy on Netgalley
Dorrie and her brother Marcus fall through a hidden passage and discover an underground society of ninja librarians. This secret society can go to any time period. Dorrie wants to belong to this society, but the ninja librarians question whether these new guests can be trusted. Dorrie and Marcus must prove that they have what it takes to be a part of this world.
I really enjoyed this start to a new series. The adventures they go on are fun and somewhat fast paced. I predict they will be better flushed out in the future. The story had a big job of setting up this huge world that the underground world is a part of. The set up the author had for this beginning book was so smart. She can go in so many different ways with the story. Plus it can incorporate many historical elements, while making it fun for kids to read.
The book seems like a nice transition for those that love the Magic Treehouse series. In fact, as I was reading it I kept thinking this will be a perfect book to recommend to those students that are ready to transition from the Magic Treehouse series.
The thing I loved the most about this book was the characters. Dorrie and Marcus are fantastic characters, and I loved going on a journey with them. Marcus was great comic relief when the story needed it. Plus the relationship between Dorrie, Marcus, and their family was also a highlight.
I truly look forward to where this story is going to go next. I also highly recommend this series.