GOGI'S GAMBIT by Eliot Schrefer
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GOGI'S GAMBIT

From the "Lost Rainforest" series, volume 2
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Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The Ant Queen is on the move again, putting all the inhabitants of the rainforest in danger, in this sequel to Mez’s Magic (2018).

While she and her minions are powerful, those born during the eclipse received magical abilities that enable them to fight the encroaching ant hoard. Gogi, the capuchin, blessed with ability to control fire, travels back to the site of the epic battle to meet with his friends. While his impulsive monkey brain often gets him in trouble, his emotional sensitivity makes him an invaluable ally. Mez the panther is gifted with invisibility and bravery. Lima the bat is an enthusiastic healer. And Rumi the tree frog is hyperintelligent and can control the wind. Now Rumi’s calculations warn of another eclipse that will likely have its own effects on the residents of the Caldera. While the team is strong, their bonds will be tested by new friends, old enemies, and surprising twists. The second installment in this fast-paced fantasy is enhanced by the richly detailed rainforest setting. The characters choose to overcome stereotypes and interspecies prejudice, making this not only an entertaining read, but a tale about how to celebrate differences and still find unity.

Another knockout in a series that will appeal to nature lovers, animal lovers, and fans of magical adventure. (Fantasy. 8-12)

Pub Date: Feb. 5th, 2019
ISBN: 978-0-06-249111-4
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2018




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