Today, I wanted to switch up the pace and do a little fantasy review! We’ve been reviewing a lot of realistic fiction, and it’s time to get back into the mythical amirite?
Phases of the Moon, is a new book by Josef Bastian about a mousy-haired middleschooler with a dark secret lurker in his blood: he is the next in a line of ancient Folktellers. Stories have the power to bring light into the world, as any reader knows, and Aaron is tasked with handling this responsibility through the dimensions.
Teaming up with his best friend Jake and Wendy, a mysterious redhead from a parallel world, they must finish their quest to take on the burden of Pop, an old Folkteller, and save the world from the mysterious shadows. Aaron must learn his trade and hide the mysterious Folkteller’s Guidebook that gives him his power, all the while the shadows employ every wile and trick to stop him.
This is an adorable midgrade for the younger side. I know I would have loved a story like this when I was 7-8 ish. My only complaint is that its female characters are extremely one-dimensional, which is a trend I despise in fiction for younger kids. Spoiler alert: little girls love to read!
I would give this book a solid 4/5 and would recommend it for young fantasy lovers who are storytellers and readers alike.