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Reviewed by William Taylor for Readers' Favorite
A Promise Broken by Jo-Marie is a children’s adventure story and is the third book in the Adi’s World series. Adi is a being just like you and me, except she is small enough to live inside of a tree. Cliff City is a city built right in the side of a precarious cliff. But when the rumbling of an earthquake begins, the town might no longer be the safe haven that it has always been. Houses drop straight into the cliff, as if the mountain is swallowing Cliff City whole! No one knows if Cliff City will survive the quakes. They don’t know what will happen to Tunnel Town or if the shaking will destroy the passageways. Maple Community is also in danger because no one knows what the damage will do to the inside of the tree and the hundreds of families that live in the community.
I liked Jo-Marie’s A Promise Broken. I think kids will love the idea of tiny creatures that live in the forest and will enjoy learning about their lives (and how different they are from ours). I like the special way the characters talk, too. I liked the educational aspects of this story and felt that Jo-Marie did a nice job of explaining the forest and the parts of the woods in a way that will be interesting to kids. The writing is cute and clever. The story’s pace is fast and exciting. I also liked the lesson that the characters learned about working together in order to survive.