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September 13, 2021

Escape from the Forbidden Planet

By Julie Anne Grasso

Blurb:

Caramel Cinnamon thought the worst day of her life was the day her grandparents the King and Queen of the Elves of Cardamom went missing.

She was wrong!

The day she spills sticky toffee syrup onto her father’s computer, that’s when her worst nightmare begins. She finds herself marooned on a forbidden planet sent there by an evil clone with a very sticky secret.

Caramel is desperate to escape. If she doesn’t she will lose her dreams of returning to Cardamom to become a healer like her Mum.

Luckily, she has a secret of her own and the lives of her family and friends depend on it!

Comments:

This is the story of a young elf called Caramel, who, at the start of the book, has an accident that introduces us both to her leg injury and her mother’s healing ability. Through the course of the book, she goes on a number of adventures, each introducing us to part of Caramel’s character and the planet, Cardamom, where she lives.

She is helped on her adventures by a number of friends and her family, helping get out of some very sticky situations.

This book should really come with a warning – don’t read it if you’re hungry! As well as a companion cookbook. The chocolate cake with caramel cardamom syrup sounds delicious!

I enjoyed this story, there was a lot to keep me guessing the whole way through. I also like the main character wasn’t perfect physically. There aren’t a lot of books with a main character with a long term injury who doesn’t let it get in the way of saving her planet. 

This is a great story for kids to show them that they can achieve whatever they set their mind to, even if they have a wonky leg. A bit of determination and a good dose of friendship can help you get there.

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