Allen & Unwin
Publisher: A&U Children’s
Wylah proved herself in her first adventure, and achieved the near-impossible in uniting the five Guardians, now firmly at her side but her mission continues. She must press on through the Valley of the Spirits, with all its risks and dangers in order to set herself against the Dragon Army, and rescue her people.
Again the narrative is fast-paced, plentifully strewn with humour (a bum fight between a giant wombat and a drop bear can be nothing but-t!) and heavily laced with traditional story aspects and cultural references. There is also excellent explanation of words in language. Wylah and her stalwart companions encounter both friend and foe in their journey, and must even overcome treachery in her own ranks.
Your readers will be gripped by the action and be ready to jump and down and yell at those who work against this fearless young warrior. This has been such a successful formula from these two creators, and such a refreshing new take on First Nations MG literature. It has given me great pleasure to see kiddos in various libraries with the first in their hands and I predict that this will be highly sought after, when it hits your shelves.
I think we will all be waiting for the next instalment impatiently. Highly recommended for your readers from around 8 years up to lower secondary, and a fine way to round off Reconciliation Week 2023.