|| Book Review || The Edge of Strange Hollow by Gabrielle K. Byrne ||
Age category: Children’s/Middle Grade
Release Date: May 18th 2021
Welcome to Strange Hollow. Beware the Grimwood.
Poppy Sunshine isn’t like everyone else in Strange Hollow. She’s not afraid of the Grimwood, home to magical creatures like shape-shifters, fairies, witches, and even a three-headed dog.
Banned from the wood by her parents, Poppy longs to learn everything about it and imagines joining her mother and father as they hunt the forest’s cursed magical objects. So when her only family disappears on a routine expedition, she and her friends must break every rule to save them. But Poppy soon discovers that things in the Grimwood are rarely what they seem…
And the monsters who took her parents may not be monsters at all.
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This is an absolutely adorable, fun, charming and just all around lovely book!
Prepare to enter Strange Hollow, one of several Hollows surrounding the magical “Grimwood” where human’s live without the technology we are used to “outside the fog” and have far longer than average lifespans.
As you adventure with our main character Poppy and her best friend, an elf called Mack into the Grimwood you will learn that all is not as it first appears and there are mysteries to be solved, answers to be found and promises to be made.
Poppy wants more than anything to prove herself to her parents and her journey in this book is one of self discovery, growth and friendship.
When Poppy’s parents disappear she decides that her and Mack will be the ones to rescue them, then they will have to believe she is just as capable as they are of adventuring in the Grimwood, right?
The forest is filled with many magical creatures and along the way you’ll see witches good and bad, hobs, fae, trolls, selkies and even a herd of unicorns.
Poppy is thirsty for knowledge and it is so fun to follow her on her adventures and is really charming with lots of moments that make you smile and plenty of danger too!
It is absolutely perfect for middle grade readers and I know both my 10 year old son and 7 year old daughter would love this!
There were so many wonderful quotes that I bookmarked as I was reading but these are are a few that I hope will give you a feel for the writing style, the humour and the characters.
“Point is, you never know what you are going to get with old ladies in the wood. Unreliable.” – Mack
“It wasn’t that she was afraid of heights exactly. She just wasn’t not afraid of heights.”
“Do not get yourself killed, Poppy Sunshine. If your parents are not dead- if they escape and you are not alive to see it, I will never hear the end of it.” – Holly Oak
About the Author:
Gabrielle Kirouac Byrne lives in the rainy wilds of the Pacific Northwest, where she writes fantasy for kids of all ages. Gabby studied opera in Philadelphia, medieval studies in New York, literature in Scotland, and marine biology in Washington. Stories are the common thread that tie all her interests together. When she’s not writing, you can find her fishing spineless zooplankton out of the Salish sea with her family. In Gabby’s debut MG fantasy, RISE OF THE DRAGON MOON, the princess of a frozen Queendom fights to free her mother from the clutches of treacherous dragons. Gorgeous world building, and lush prose will immerse readers in this coming-of-age adventure in which a fierce girl tackles insurmountable odds with wit, strength, and heart.