Even and Odd by Sarah Beth Durst
Even and Odd are sisters who share magic. Lately, though, it seems like that’s the only thing they have in common. Odd doesn’t like magic, and Even practices it every chance she gets, dreaming of the day she’ll be ready to be a hero.
When the hidden border between the mundane world the sisters live in and the magical land they were born in shuts abruptly, the girls are trapped, unable to return home. With the help of a unicorn named Jeremy, they discover a wizard is diverting magic from the border to bolster her own power. Families are cut off from each other on both sides of the border, and an ecological disaster is brewing. But the wizard cares nothing for the calamitous effects her appropriation of magic is having. Someone has to do something to stop her, and Even realizes she can no longer wait until she’s ready: she needs to be a hero now.
Even and Odd are sweet sisters who get along well despite their differences. They have different dreams. But when magic begins to act strange, they find themselves stuck on the other side of a magical border, unable to get home. Their only other companion is an endearing unicorn named Jeremy.
I’m a fan of the author and have read most of her titles. This middle grade fantasy is full of colorful magic, engaging characters, and a bit of suspense. There are some fun twists along the way. Even and Odd is a fast-paced adventure with a lot of humor. Even has a penchant for getting stuck in the form of a skunk. And poor Jeremy can’t tell lies. This heartwarming tale is an easy read that the young (and young at heart) will certainly enjoy.
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