Staff Review: "The Forbidden Library"
After overhearing an insect-like black fairy in the kitchen arguing with her father, Alice is informed that her father is dead and she is ordered to go and live with Geryon, an unknown uncle who has a massive library which she is forbidden to enter and also not to read any books inside it. Ashes, a talking cat who admits to being only half a cat, sneaks her inside, but the minute she begins to read a book she is thrown inside it. Getting inside the library and the book, however, prove to be the easy challenges. She must use her wits and her unknown powers for the numerous, perilous adventures that she faces.This absorbing, exciting, mysterious fantasy with likable, well-developed characters will be loved by tweens and others.