Thursday, June 5, 2008
The Key to Rondo by Emily Rodda
When Leo Langlander inherits an old, painted music box from his great-aunt he is very careful to follow the instructions - only wind the box three times, never move the box while it is playing, never close the lid until the music stops, and never wind the box while the music plays. However, when his odd cousin Mimi arrives for a visit she quickly breaks the music box rules with shocking results. Leo and Mimi ultimately find themselves in the mythical land painted on the outside of the box. On a quest to save Mimi's dog, they soon learn that this is a dangerous land where the name Langlander is feared and sometimes hated. They find some kind assistance along the way but never know who they can fully trust. The children are determined but not without fear and doubts, particularly the careful Leo. Action packed, this creative world should appeal to a wide-range of fantasy lovers.