Adina Gewitz in 'Blue Window' takes children's portal fantasy to new heights. I loved these children and getting to know each of them in turn as different sections of the novel are told from their point of view. One evening a window in their living room turns blue and, upon investigating, the five siblings are thrown into a strange land with no clear idea of what they are there for and how to get home. The people in the land beyond the window are twisted by a curse and are driven on by their own fears and animal instincts. As they search for answers, the children must learn the rules of this world and find a way to wake up the better instincts of the people there, before its too late, for everyone. There is a strong message in 'Blue Window', and an important one. I think this will be easily embraced by children looking for a fantasy with teeth. Reviewed by Myles— From What We're Reading
Five siblings fall through time and space into a strange, unkind world — their arrival mysteriously foretold — and land in the center of an epic civil struggle in a country where many citizens have given themselves over to their primal fears and animal passions at the urging of a power-hungry demagogue.
When siblings Susan, Max, Nell, Kate, and Jean tumble one by one through a glowing cobalt window, they find themselves outside their cozy home — and in a completely unfamiliar world where everything looks wrong and nothing makes sense. Soon, an ancient prophecy leads them into battle with mysterious forces that threaten to break the siblings apart even as they try desperately to remain united and find their way home. Thirteen-year-old twins Max and Susan and their younger siblings take turns narrating the events of their story in unique perspectives as each of the children tries to comprehend their stunning predicament — and their extraordinary new powers — in his or her own way. From acclaimed author Adina Rishe Gewirtz comes a riveting novel in the vein of C. S. Lewis and E. Nesbit, full of nuanced questions about morality, family, and the meaning of home.
About the Author
Adina Rishe Gewirtz is the author of Zebra Forest, her critically acclaimed debut novel. She coaches writers and spends most of her time at her first love, fiction writing. She lives just outside Washington, D.C.
Gewirtz offers an appealingly old-fashioned story peppered with unsettling moments of brutality and violence, all in an eerie, artful tone...readers hungry for fantasy with a classic tone—complete with tried-and-true tropes, such as prophesies, chosen ones, and vaguely allegorical world building—will likely find plenty to satisfy that craving here.
Packed full of Narnia-esque intrigue, you'll be rooting for this fam every step of the way.