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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
Learning her heritage is different than what she believed, a newly-orphaned girl struggles with unprecedented magical aspects of her life in the children's fantasy novel, Dotty and the Withered Hand by Emma Warner-Reed. After her parents' untimely deaths, Dotty moves in with her eccentric Great-Uncle Winnie. Soon, she discovers that magic is real and some magical beings wish her harm. While on a class trip, Dotty learns someone is burglarizing homes while the inhabitants sleep. When an eyewitness describes the robber's exit, Dotty suspects there is a magical element to the crimes. Sneaking out of the hostel to find evidence confirming her suspicions, she is shocked by what she sees. Unfortunately, before she can decide what to do, Dotty is not only discovered by her enemies but caught returning from her unauthorized venture by her teacher. Can Dotty remain on the school trip and outsmart the criminals? Or will she be sent home in disgrace and be at the mercy of her adversaries?
Readers between the ages of eight and twelve will be delighted with the fourth and newest episode in the exciting children's fantasy series, Dotty and the Withered Hand by Emma Warner-Reed. Including chimney sweeps, witches, and sinister villains, this enthralling story is captivating from the first page until the last. Dotty is a fascinating main character, and her circumstances and attitude give her a genuine persona to which children can relate. Her adventures bordering between realms and her experiences with menacing magical beings are imaginative and intriguing. Dotty's determination and problem-solving skills balance out her obstinate nature and sassy disposition. Including enchanting settings, a strong-willed protagonist, and an engaging plot, this riveting story promises to entertain and thrill children who love stories filled with magic and mayhem.