I have recently finished reading the book The Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox. In this story, Knox utilizes the strength of imagination and magic to create a suspenseful, adventurous theme revolving around a young girl. Going by the name Canny, this girl knows she's different from her friends at a young age.
As she gets older, she starts realizing that she can see things like hovering words that resemble hieroglyphics, and the fact that she is a mathematics wizard only adds to her isolation from a social life.
When she embarks on a vacation with her brother, her abilities begin to come to light and her struggles begin to proliferate.
This story takes on a sense of creativity that makes the reader want to continue to read for hours at a time. I would recommend this novel to any young reader who loves suspense as well as adventure. I look forward to reading many novels by this author in the future.
-Adam Wilck, 9th grade.