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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
In Anna and the Missing Child by Brigitte Novalis, 10-year-old Anna Cameron is attending Quentin Academy of Magical Arts and Sciences, a great school where her parents studied in the past. She’s able to make new friends and enjoy her classes. Unfortunately, another student, Miriam Andersson, becomes a thorn in her side. Worse, Miriam stays with Anna’s family until her mother, singer Ingrid Andersson, comes back from her tour. Once a comfortable and happy home, the Camerons’ household becomes slightly tense and uncomfortable for Anna and she knows that Miriam is the cause. But how can she make her parents believe her when they are convinced that Miriam has done nothing wrong? When a sweet little boy goes missing, Anna learns to trust herself and search for him with the help of her friends.
Anna and the Missing Child is a charming and heart-warming story set in a wonderful magical world; flying carpets (which seem far better than flying cars), magical toys, communicating with animals and plants and much more. I found the premise intriguing and was emotionally invested in the story from start to finish. The clean, clear-cut prose gives the narrative a smooth flow and makes the fast-paced plot even swifter. The characterization is solid; just like Anna, I found Miriam’s personality mysteriously unnerving. It’s easy to root for the young protagonist when her predicaments evoke myriad emotions. I admired Julius for his level-headedness and have a soft spot for little Benjamin and the meek Edith. Miriam is one of the best antagonists that I've read, providing the dark moments in an otherwise pleasant magical tale. This debut for Brigitte Novalis's Quentin Academy of Magical Arts and Sciences is a fascinating story with lots of substantial life lessons and there's no doubt readers will look forward to more adventures in this series.