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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
The world’s ecosystem is in danger and there’s a magic gem that could destroy it. Four children, Samantha, Vanesa, Leo, and Selina, must find the magic gem before Gabriel does because he’s determined to use the gem to destroy the ecosystem forever. Things start to get strange when the friends become invisible at school and then again while shopping together at the mall. They find a map and a voice tells them to go through the portal to different locations around the world to find more clues that will lead them to the gem. There are lots of adventures as the foursome visits England, South Korea, India, and the Philippines, the four countries that represent each of the four friends.
Vinutha Madala is a very talented young writer. Her children’s mystery novel, Wild and Crazy Adventure: Mystery Kids, is an exciting adventure that mixes magic, fantasy, and wormhole portals. The imagination that filters through this story is remarkable and leads to a fun story, full of interesting tidbits about the four countries the children visit on their quest. The author uses her power of descriptive narrative to set the scene and invite young readers into the story. The dialogue is well orchestrated and very believable for this age group. The illustrations are colorful and help move the story along. But this is more than a mystery or an adventure; it’s a story about friendship, acceptance, learning about other countries, customs, and beliefs. Beautifully told. I can’t wait to see how this young writer develops her craft.