By Anne Nesbet
Number of pages: 256
What’s the basic story line?
An American girl named Maya Davidson moves to Paris with her family. Shortly after she arrives, Maya notices strange things happening, such as a stone salamander on a doorknob that smiles at her. After meeting some interesting relatives, she learns of a cabinet that holds a strange and mysterious secret. At first, Maya thinks the contents of the cabinet can save her sick mother, but then learns the horrible truth of how the contents of the cabinet came to be.
Are the characters believable?
The characters are believable because of the detail Anne Nesbet, the author, puts into the story. Maya’s dialogue is believable for a 13-year-old, and so was the dialogue of her rambunctious younger brother. Even the more fantasy-type characters in the book are believable, because of the details the author uses. Maya believes what she is seeing, and so the reader does too.
On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being best), how would you rate this book?
I would rate this book an 8. At times, in the beginning of the book, I felt a little confused and had to go back and re-read some passages to make sure I understood the plot thus far. What I loved about this book is how close Nesbet made me feel to Maya. From Maya’s worries over her mother to her bravery with the cabinet, Nesbet makes the reader really love this character. Because of this, the whole fantasy is believable and not at all fake.