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Reviewed by Kristine Zimmerman for Readers' Favorite
Compass to Vinland by Dani Resh is an engrossing magical tale. Wren is a teen who lives with his father in a house shaped like a shoe. Every day he feeds the crows and tends the plants in his greenhouse before heading to school. He also regularly visits his mother who is in a coma. One day strange things start to happen. He thinks he sees his dead aunt on the way to school and Maria, the new girl in school, acts as if she knows him. Then he discovers that the locked trunk in his father's room leads to a hidden workshop beneath his house! Soon he, Maria, and Rusty, the resident bad boy at school, are entwined in an unforgettable adventure.
Compass to Vinland was a book I couldn't put down. Dani Resh does an outstanding job of developing all her characters. Her writing pulled me in right away with the description of Wren and his daily routine, taking care of the birds and plants, and the distance he feels from his dad. Then the exciting and intriguing adventure starts, and the action doesn't stop. As a former children's librarian, I would definitely recommend this to kids that loved Harry Potter or Septimus Heap. Resh has created a unique world filled with characters we care about, strange creatures, new lands, and unusual magical powers. I am eagerly waiting to read the next book in the series. Compass to Vinland has it all: magic, adventure, villains, and heroes. I highly recommend this book!