# of Pages: 400
RAC Book: Yes
2010 Iowa High School Book Award
Jena and her four sisters use a secret portal to sneak into the woods to dance with the magical creatures every full moon. When Jena’s father gets ill and is sent away to recover, she is left in charge and her cousin Cezar begins to take over. Cezar believes that women are frail and need to be looked after by men. As Jena struggles to take care of her sisters, their home, and her father’s business she always has her best friend, Gogu, by her side. Gogu is a talking frog that only she can hear. As Cezar becomes frantic trying to control the five sisters, Jena starts to worry that all is not well in the wildwoods either. Can she protect her sisters and everyone else she cares about from a power hungry dictator?
This fantasy story begins a little slowly as the characters are introduced, but accelerates quickly as the family battles Cezar on a daily basis. There are some twists and turns along the way, but a few are fairly easy to predict. The end will leave readers wanting more. Highly recommended for fantasy lovers.