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Off the Rails

From the Mihi Ever After series, volume 3

by Tae Keller ; illustrated by Geraldine Rodríguez

Pub Date: Feb. 6th, 2024
ISBN: 9781250814258
Publisher: Henry Holt

A threat to the survival of the Rainbow Realm brings bigger stakes and more questions in this third series entry.

Directly following the events of Mihi Ever After: A Giant Problem (2023), Mihi Park and best friends Reese and Savannah somberly travel back to the Rainbow Realm, aware that, due to the dangers of their mission, they may never return home. The girls must venture across worlds to retrieve Princess Pat, who’s traveling to various lands and taking the dust that’s a source of magic in order to save the Rainbow Realm, where magic is waning. Bertha, an antagonist turned ally, brings the friends to the bazaar and the shop Masters of Disguise, where old helpers Dae Ho and Conan equip them with Follow Feet, tracking shoes that lead the wearer to the person they want to find. The action-packed story quickly picks up in pace as the trio set off on mechanical dragon trains. Elements from global fairy tales are incorporated, including a Korean kumiho (fox demon) and dokkaebi (goblins) and Irish leprechauns. As the trio close in on Pat, Mihi questions whether it’s right to let one realm die in order for another to survive. Mihi’s choices spur a shift in the magic that affects the portals, ending the book on a cliffhanger. Engaging black-and-white illustrations add to the suspense.

Enthralling adventures and plot twists will leave readers impatient for the next installment.

(Fantasy. 8-12)