Friday, May 25, 2012

Review: Philippa Fisher and the Dream-Maker's Daughter

Title:  Philippa Fisher and the Dream-Maker’s Daughter (Philippa Fisher #2)
Author:  Liz Kessler
Rating:  4/5

Summary:  Philippa Fisher is trying to have a good time on vacation with her parents, but she’s feeling lonely. When she meets Robyn, a girl with sad eyes and a strict father, she enjoys the company, but can’t help wondering what Robyn and her dad might be hiding. Meanwhile, Daisy, Philippa’s best friend (and fairy godsister), sneaks into her former charge’s room for a visit, but now has a furtive new mission and must dash away. Philippa longs to uncover the reasons behind her friends’ odd behavior, but friendships can be tricky when there are secrets — and unexpected danger — involved! Best-selling author Liz Kessler is back with a sympathetic story about navigating between old friends and new, a tale full of mystery, whimsy, and all the magic tween readers could wish for. (Taken from

Review:  I liked this book better than the first book in the series.  This one has a bit more action and reveals a bit more of the mystery that surrounds the fairies and we meet a Dream-Maker.  One of my favorite scenes is how the selection of the vacation spot is made, they are looking at a map, trying to figure out where to go for the tickets that Philippa won.  The decision is ultimately made when a butterfly (or a fairy disguised as a butterfly) lands on a particular spot on the map.  The Fisher’s see this as an omen and head out for this location for their vacation.

While in this fantastically wonderful spot, Philippa meets Robyn Fairweather, the daughter of the owner of the used book store in the town where they are staying.  Philippa and Robyn meet in the local ceramics shop run by Annie (the mastermind of the beginnings of the Philippa and Robyn friendship) who is also Robyn’s best friend, and has been since Robyn’s mother died.  However, Robyn’s father doesn’t want her around Annie at all and summons her home when he catches her at the ceramics shop.

There are too many secrets that are tearing apart a friendship and tearing apart a family.  Can Daisy help bring them all together? Some of the secrets nearly made me cry when they were revealed.  Overall a good read.

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