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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Elle Burton and the Reflective Portals: Lessons from Fiori Book 1 by Peggy M McAloon and Anneka Rogers is an enchanting and fantastical story of Elle, a ten-year-old girl who has this rare gift to see fairy-like Fiorins. Elle’s father is in Afghanistan and she lives with her mother, who is expecting a baby. Elle learns that she has been chosen as a guide by Fiorins, who are tiny winged creatures that help to protect young children on Earth when her younger brother is born. As the story progresses, readers see Elle taking on new challenges and getting involved in protecting a child from an abusive father, helping an overweight girl, and many other instances where she feels her help is needed.
This is a story of kindness, enchantment, and magic, and the author weaves the fantasy elements along with life lessons through this whimsical story. The author touches on topics that are relevant when it comes to the struggles faced by children, and readers get to see the protagonist, Elle, dealing with all sorts of issues. The exquisite use of language tones down the harshness of death, bullying etc. and the whimsy in the tale will help young readers enjoy the story as they turn the pages. All the characters are lovable and the monsters and magical creatures add to the fantasy element. Elle Burton’s character will inspire children to follow their passions in life.
I like the manner in which the author tackles different issues, thereby giving many layers to the plot. The messages conveyed in the story are profound and uplifting and they will encourage and motivate children to rise above their potential during difficult times so that they can make a difference to this world. Yes, like everyone else, I am waiting for the next book to learn more about Elle’s journey.