By Laura Rotter
Sarah and Sean plan to spend a rainy afternoon cooped up in Dan’s room playing computer games. But Dan’s new cat Wix has other ideas. To grab their attention he knocks over a blue bucket and much to their surprise he speaks. He tells them he is a Rimor from Terratorva. But the Rimoras very existence is threatened by the Extraxis, a race of fire-breathing, flying dragons. He begs for their help. Since they have nothing better to do, they follow Wix through the blue bucket portal toward a daring adventure in the fascinating and dangerous land of Terratorva. But how can three kids possibly rescue an entire species?
Terratorva is a fast-paced chapter book for young readers who want to read fantasy but are not ready to take on a hefty, complex series. Laura Rotter has created an enchanting fantasyworld with a limited variety of character species and a simple plot that is easily understood. Then she has cleverly blended in a hint of Narnia here, and a touch of Lord of the Rings there, with humor sprinkled through plenty of peril to keep young readers turning the pages.
Copyright (c) 2010 by Peggy Tibbetts