A Fantastic Fantasy: A Review of the 13th Sign

13th sign

Whatever you opinion about zodiac signs and astrology, The 13th Sign is a compelling adventure story of a thirteen-year-old girl's journey to set right was has gone wrong in her own world and the world at large. 

After opening a magical book, Jalen must do battle -- physical and intellectual -- with the mythical creatures of the zodiac.  But she must also do battle with her own anger and sort out her own ever-shifting personality traits, as well as those of her best friend. 

On the surface, this is a magical adventure, complete with New Orleans voodoo, shapeshifters, and secret agents. In addition, though, this is a novel about learning to live with loss, about learning to let go of the past and embrace the future. Readers looking for a fun summer book will enjoy this action-packed tale. 

I particularly recommend this book for girls going into middle school.