Reviewer: Danielle Mason
Title: North! or Be Eaten - 2nd in the Wingfeather Saga
Author: Andrew Peterson
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
Release Date: August 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational YA Paranormal Fiction
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: 9-12th grade
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: 9-12th grade
Year/Setting: Present Day in a far away land
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Very None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Andrew's Website: www.andrew-peterson.com
The Igiby Children, Tink, Leeli, and Janner, along with their mother Nia are the Royal Family of Anneria. The children themselves are known as the Lost Jewels of Anneria, as they all had no idea that they were of Royal Descent. In order for all of them to be safe they must make the perilous journey to the Ice Prairies. The Ice Prairies are important because that is where the Fangs of Dang, or lizard like creatures, cannot get them. Little do they know though that there is a new breed of Fangs about that can stand the cold.
Along to help guide and keep them safe are their Grandfather Podo, their Uncle Artham or Peet the Sock Man and a good friend of the family Oskar. All of them risk their lives for the children fighting Stranders, or homeless and the many creatures they will encounter, like Toothy Cows, to get them to the Ice Prairies.
During the journey they do end up losing one another. Both Janner and Tink end up on adventures of their own, eventually making it back to their family but not without a few scars and a lot of growing up involved.
In this book the family is what makes this adventure interesting. No matter what they will fight to defend one another and keep each other safe to make it to their destination. Tink and Janner bicker back and forth a lot while Leeli is the one that is always trying to keep the peace in the only way she knows how, through her music. Podo, the Grandfather takes the leader role for the family and he is the one that keeps them all going no matter what the consequences or how hard it may seem, Nia and Oskar are there to support Podo when he starts to waiver on how things are. All in all, everyone has a role to keep them going through all of the challenges they encounter.
If you haven't read the first book I recommend you do, but for those that haven't Mr. Peterson does a good job of explaining what had happened before. All of the adventure and wondering what was going to happen next is what kept me interested in the book. For young adults that love adventure, I highly recommend this series!
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