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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Gina Daniels believes that she is the ugliest girl in Franklin High School and John Walters, the school bully, always reminds her about it in the story No Trespassing: Echidna’s Darlings Volume One by M.E. Palmer. Gina always tries to avoid him, but one day her anger gets the better of her and she pushes him hard into the door. Suddenly she becomes a monster and the principal is disappointed in her monstrous behavior. She has nothing to say in her defense because she knows what she has done is inhuman. Her father decides to send her to Echidna School for Monsters and Gina is very upset because she does not want to hang out with monsters. She has to learn to control her temper. The new school teaches self-defense, image manipulation, riddle solving, and strength control, along with the normal subjects like mathematics, history, and science. Will Gina Daniels change after going to the new school?
The book comes with some good moral lessons; that looks are not so important and it is your inner beauty which is more important, and you should never use your strength in order to control others. I like the way the author weaves in those messages through the story of Gina Daniels, making it effective to readers. The narration is vivid and brings the scenes and the characters alive to readers. It is interesting to note Gina’s learning experiences in the new school and how they bring about a change in her thinking and as a person. The story has intrigue, action, and friendship that will draw young readers into it. I cannot wait to read the next book; what about you?