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Today's feature is The Shifter by Janice Hardy, but my daughter -- a middle grade reader! -- wrote this Marvelous Middle Grade Monday post and chose the book. The format follows my usual but the words are hers! (Okay, I did act as an editor.) So here we go . . .
The premise: Nya is an orphan and a Taker, with her touch, she can heal injuries by pulling pain from another person into her own body. But unlike Tali, Nya's sister, and other Takers who become Healer's League apprentices, Nya can't push the pain into pynvium, the enchanted metal used to store it. Nya can only shift the pain into another person, a dangerous skill she must keep hidden from the occupying forces of her city. If discovered, she could be used as a human weapon. But then Tali and other apprentices begin to disappear.
What keeps readers reading: The action and the search for Nya's sister Tali. This book is filled with excitement and challenge because Nya is desperate to find her sister and makes some choices she probably wouldn't have if her sister were not missing.
What I loved: I loved the action and excitement! I also loved that The Shifter shows what a person will do when they love someone.
There you have it, a middle grade book in the words of a middle grader! This is Janice Hardy's first in her Healing Wars Trilogy, so more action and excitement can be found in Blue Fire and Darkfall. Next week's Marvelous Middle Grade Monday will feature my son and his choice!
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Happy middle grade reading!