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Reviewed by Kelly Atwood for Readers' Favorite
“Jodi” is a captivating story following a young adventurer as she travels in time. Jodi is different from other children; she can do magic, teleport and can travel in time. Jodi soon realizes that dark magic is terrorizing her destination Moss Point, Arizona. Harley Bennett brings Jodi’s adventures to life as she battles dragons and trolls and must uncover the truth about the strange happenings in Moss Point. Jodi learns that even though she is mature for her age sometimes even magic doesn’t make tough situations easier, and maybe she should take her time growing up.
While Jodi herself is perfect for the pre-teen audience, the story can be a bit confusing at times. Jodi hops to one adventure after the other very quickly, and left me little time to catch my breath. I think the premise of the story is exciting, and a wonderful idea; however; I would have liked a little more exposition of 'Jodi’s world' before the adventure began. I just felt that she integrated too easily into 1887. The characters relevant to the time period weren’t as realistic as I would’ve liked even for a fantasy story. Overall I loved the characters. And the imagery and details of the story are fantastic, and Jodi is an interesting little girl, who has some very cute and funny one-liners perfect for the time period she was visiting. I would recommend this story to my nieces or nephews, or anyone who craves a little magic or adventure.