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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
Imogene of the Pacific Kingdom is a great book for kids or young adults. Teresa Schapansky has created a charming, likable character in Imogene. A character that a lot of young people, especially girls, will relate to. Imogene is smart, beautiful, and innocent, but she is hurt when first her father mysteriously disappears from her life, then her mother. As you can imagine, these are cruel blows in the life of a little girl, but Imogene endures and strives to be good while living with a cold aunt who is mean and very difficult to love. Two things help her get through this period; her mother's promise to return when she is ten and her good friend Sampson who is her aunt's butler.
Everything changes for Imogene when she is allowed to swim in the ocean for the first time. This is when the story of Imogene of the Pacific really takes off. Teresa Schapansky guides us through a wonderful, magical underwater kingdom where the young Imogene learns who she and her parents really are. There are always bad guys, of course, but for the most part Imogene of the Pacific Kingdom is a positive, uplifting tale for young people of all ages. Teresa Schapansky has created characters and a world that will entertain children and adults for generations. Imogene is the star but there are many interesting characters and great adventures. Imogene of the Pacific Kingdom is a modern day fairy tale ready to take its place beside such Disney tales as The Little Mermaid.