Eleven-year-old Fionn and his 13-year-old sister, Tara, visit an island off the west coast of Ireland that’s rich in history, wonder, and danger.
From the moment Fionn steps onto the shores of Arranmore, he can feel the island’s power. Smoke billows from a fireless hearth. The sea rages and then calms in an instant, and his grandfather captures the island’s storms in the candles he fashions. Tara throws herself into a quest to find the Sea Cave, a secret place of power reputed to grant one wish per generation. Fionn would use the wish to find his father, lost at sea, and save his mother from her depression, but he fears Tara would throw her wish away on her crush on Bartley, a boy with perfect hair and a dark heart. Fionn uses the oldest candle, exposing him to the island’s most dangerous secrets and forcing him to fight for those he loves. Deep magic and an epic battle between good and evil swirl around two very ordinary siblings. If they can master their jealousy and rivalry, they may be able to save not only the island, but their own family. Irish legends collide with modern times in a fast-paced, magical tale about the ordinary becoming extraordinary. Diversity is limited to the magical variety.
A distinctive fantasy with depth, humor, and heart. (Fantasy. 8-12)