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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Solomon's Magpie is a slice-of-life drama by Robert Crompton. Judy Whitaker is no ordinary child. Alongside her imaginary friend Twirl, she likes to explore the boundaries of Delamere Forest to nourish her abundant creativity and imagination. Raised by two science teachers, Judy's bohemian spirit draws her more toward the arts and literature. So when she stumbles upon a story written by one of her ancestors, she is determined to dig deeper into her family's history and unfold the mystery of the magpie and the missing pages. At the age of fifteen, she unwittingly attracts the attention of a Jesus-loving young man in his early twenties, learns more about her Auntie Vinnie's past, and slowly gets closer to solving the mystery of her family.
Robert Crompton delivers an absorbing coming-of-age tale tinged with a slice of mystery, humor, and intrigue. Solomon's Magpie follows Judy Whitaker, a fifteen-year-old girl with a thirst for adventure who has an uncanny knack for finding trouble wherever she goes. Judy is an absolutely riveting protagonist. Her vibrant personality, tenacious attitude, and unbending will to get what she wants makes her thoroughly captivating to read. Crompton's characters have distinct quirks and traits that leave an impression on the reader. The plot is full of surprises that keep you engaged until the end. But it's the characters who are the heartbeat of the story. There are bouts of humor sprinkled throughout the pages, which genuinely made me laugh out loud a couple of times. All in all, a brilliant young adult drama.