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Reviewed by Mary T. Kincaid for Readers' Favorite
The opening paragraph of Mystical Aria: Seeking the Gallion Queen by Jean Neff Guthrie introduces us to a seventh-grade girl, Aria Vanir, who is looking at the stars, dreaming and wondering who lived among them. The aliens who receive her message decide to come to Earth to meet her. They value her curiosity and initiative.
Complications bring Aria’s family into this meeting. Aria’s father is head of one of the SEAL teams sent to investigate abnormal transmissions intercepted at Virginia Beach. The Gallions touch every one of the earthlings they meet in this story about another culture from the other side of the galaxy. It is a message of peace, harmony, and oneness with all things in the universe. Aria’s father has to learn how to forgive his enemies and himself in order to be healed.
The story is well written for a seventh grader reader. I think they will enjoy the adventures of Aria meeting aliens. The dialogue is realistic for this age. The descriptions of the Gallions are entertaining and believable. They have tentacles instead of arms and hands, and lavender eyes.
The story is a well-executed plea for readers to think about their approach to living. An alien culture comes to teach us many things about the way we see our world. It makes a point that if we view the world as one of scarcity then we will know scarcity. If we view the world as abundant, we will know abundance. It tells us that we make our world by what we project, abundance or scarcity. The first place we have to heal is in ourselves, then we can heal our relationships and Earth.