Book Review: The Glass Puzzle

Book Review: The Glass PuzzleThe Glass Puzzle by Christine Brodien-Jones
Published by Delacorte Books on July 9th 2013
Pages: 336
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Eleven-year-old Zoé Badger, imaginative, carefree and adventurous, lives a transient life, moving with her mother from one town to the next-except for summers, when she stays with her granddad in Tenby, Wales. But when she and her cousin Ian discover a glass puzzle that's been hidden away for decades, ancient forces are unleashed that threaten to change their safe-haven summer town in sinister ways.

Zoe and her cousin Ian travel to Tenby every summer to spend time with their Grandfather. Zoe is an author at heart, constantly writing ideas down as they pop into her head. Ian loves history and is a wealth of knowledge. When the two come to Tenby for the summer, they don't realize that they will be finding a new world and trying to save the town of Tenby in return. 

I loved getting to know Zoe and Ian, who are two peas in a pod and make a great team when it comes to finding out the truth. Zoe is the first to realize something is not right, as she sees the local townspeople through a piece of blue glass turn into some winged creature with three eyes. Ian puts together that this pile of blue glass sold to their grandfather is actually a puzzle. Unfortunately, they do not find the message warning them again putting the puzzle together until it is too late. 

More of the creatures escape the puzzle and frighten them. What they find out is that the puzzle is a key to another world, one that is battling against these creatures as well, and it is up to Zoe, Ian and Pippin to save both worlds. I felt really drawn into the town of Tenby, a quaint town by the sea side that seems isolated from the rest of the world. Zoe often expressed her love for the town and wished she could live there permanently with her mother and grandfather. I loved that the author mixed in many of the phrases used in Wales and what they meant, making it easy for readers to pick up the meanings. 

Final Verdict: I fell in love with the Glass Puzzle, the beautiful locations and the fun characters. Definitely a book I will be recommending to students this year. 

Kristen

Kristen is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. Kristen is an Elementary School Library Media Specialist in the Chicago suburbs who loves reading. Why else would she be a librarian?

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