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Afternoon of the Elves by Janet Taylor Lisle
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Apr 18, 2009

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Some of the issues that are tackled in this book remind me of other Newbery Honor and Medal winners, but there is much about this story that is very original.
I liked the flow of the words and the way that the relationship between Hillary and Sara-Kate is never certain; it seemed that anything might happen between the two. Sara-Kate is definitely somewhat enigmatic, and it was a real joy for me to watch as Hillary figures out that friendship is worth the hard work it takes to adjust to a new friend, even if (or perhaps because?) that possible companion is as unusual as Sara-Kate.
The undertow of magic is visceral but certainly very much there, and I could for sure understand how this was named a Newbery Honor book. Afternoon of the Elves interested me in the writing of Janet Taylor Lisle, and I may read more from her in the future.
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