Published by Capstone on April 1st 2014
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The dark forest of Northwood has never seen the likes of Cecilia Undergarment before …
Cecilia Undergarment likes a challenge. So when she discovers a sad and neglected dog, she is determined to rescue him. No matter what. But her daring dog rescue lands her in deep trouble. Trouble in the form of being lost in the dark forest of Northwood. A forest where ferocious black lions roam. A forest that hides a secret castle, an unlikely king and many a mystery. A forest where those who enter never return. But Cecilia is determined to find her way home. No matter what.
Northwood is the story of Cecilia Undergarment, a girl who can communicate with dogs. Her neighbor is a grumpy, miserable man who used to be a wonderful grocer with a wife and daughter, but quickly turned when starting a chain of superstores and ending up by himself. Cecilia one day finds herself being asked for help from the dog next door, who is literally being starved to death. Her interesting rescue involves balloons and the help of her housekeeper.
Unfortunately, after the rescue, the owner of Rocky the dog comes calling looking for him. A series of unfortunate events leads to the attic of her house, partly made of balloons, taking off with Rocky and her in it. They land in a mysterious land and find themselves in a castle ruled by a king who says he is merciful but is anything but that. What Cecilia uncovers is that the king is hiding a secret. With the help of her new friends in the castle, she must figure out away to get back home, without being eaten by the lions that are nearby, always on the prowl.
Northwood was full of magical realism, with plot twists that made sense in this day and age but enough flight and fancy to transport you to this world where there are evil forests, houses made of balloons and kings who have dark secrets. I loved Cecilia and her clever way of trying to figure a way out of Northwood. There were some wonderful life lessons mixed in with all the action and adventure.