My Own Brief Summary"Are you brave?"
Having to deal with masses of spiders and some pretty mean witches, while your mum is in a coma, is not the best timing. Good job Amelia Pigeon arrives to help out.
This is a very fast-paced fantasy adventure for kids, which is exactly the kind of book that I like. Even though it deals with a difficult topic, a mother in a coma, it doesn't dwell on that for long periods of time. There is plenty of other action of the magical kind and it was thoroughly enjoyable.
Writing Lessons LearnedThis is another one of those books that proves you can talk about difficult issues without making them the sole purpose of a book, which is, to my mind, far more effective. I do try to do this in my own books. I might just mention something in a sentence, or pose a question, and then I'm straight back into the action of the book. After all, if you told a young child, this is a book about dealing with a parent who is ill, many wouldn't be interested. I certainly wouldn't have been at a young age.
If you'd like to check this book out, here are some of the links on Amazon.