Charlie Wilde is moving to Arizona, leaving behind her best friend and all that she knows, because her physician mother and biologist father have taken new jobs. When she gets there, she struggles to fit in at her new school. Charlie comes across a package containing an odd metal bracelet. She decides to wear it to soccer tryouts to give her an edge. She realizes that the bracelet will lend her powers matching those of several animals, making her a sort of chimera. When Dr. Gray, the man behind a sinister group bent on retrieving Charlie’s bracelet, discovers its whereabouts, he will stop at nothing to get it back. Charlie and her new friends, Mac and Maria, have far more questions than answers.
Something I really enjoyed was how the book was written. It’s structure and format was very good and it wanted me to read more, as if it literally pulled me in. Another thing I really enjoy about the book was the way Marie and Mac decided to test the power of the bracelet in unpredictable ways. One thing I didn’t quite like was how the author used third person limited point of view. I think that if it had been first person it would have been more interesting to read about.
One memorable thing about the book was how Kelly had a change of heart near the end of the book. Kelly is the type of person that go at nothing to get information about someone (like a snob), so it was kind of ironic that she fought against Dr. Gray’s minions.
Reviewed by Aditi, Grade 7, Twin Hickory Area Library