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The Emerald Necklace Series:
Wolves on the West Side
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Wolves on the West Side:
A freak summer storm deposited two battered girls in the Cleveland Metroparks. With no identity, no one to claim them and unable to speak English, Aggie and Lara managed to stay together and to find new homes. Somehow, they had to find Aggie's twin brother and figure out where they belonged, who tried to kill them and how to get home.
But first, they had to survive high school!
WOLVES ON THE WEST SIDE was an EPPIE 2008 Finalist!!!!
Cherokee gave this YA fantasy novel 4 Coffee Cups.
This is a very interesting story, one that thoroughly held my attention. All the characters are in-depth and the premise with the children is intense and spellbinding. Wolves On The West Side is a tantalizing story for young and old. The touch of mystery is quite intriguing. I look forward to the other book in this series. Michelle L. Levigne weaves an eye-opening tale that is wonderfully fashioned. I anxiously wait for the second installment in this rewarding tale.
Aggie, Lara, Brody and their friends triggered more magic than they intended and fell through into another world, filled with shadows of home. Was it their original home? And if so, were the people who tried to kill them 10 years ago waiting to finish the job?
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Reviewed by Holly
Rating: 4.5 Books
Ten years ago, during a wild and unusual storm, three children appeared in a park in Cleveland, Ohio. Two are shape-shifters, fraternal twins, and the third is a bit younger. Aggie, Brody and Lara have grown up, able to mind speak, and have formed few real friendships in the ten years. Their good friends, Greg, Allison and Mike are close, and there is a wizard, Anton Dorayn, who came with Lara and the twins to Earth to guide and protect them. Now they want to try an experiment, and see if they can recreate the conditions that brought them to Cleveland, and find out who they really are. When they do gather together in the park where they feel the magic the strongest, there are seven of them, including Mike’s cousin Allen, a jock who is always trying to score with Allison.
They succeed beyond their wildest dreams, and find themselves in a land wild and dangerous, and filled with magic. At first they are separated, but find the way back together. The adventures, and mishaps, make this a very interesting story to read. The romance between Lara and Greg is beginning to blossom, and there is also a strong bond between Allison and Brody. In this strange "mirror world" so similar to their home, yet wilder and more magical, each of the group is seeking the reason behind everything, and who they really are.
Shatter Scatter is book two of the Emerald Necklace series, and it is a great adventure. The young men are heroic and protective, and the young women are strong in character and wisdom. Allen makes an excellent skeptic, a true non-believer in magic in spite of what he sees with his own eyes. Michelle Levigne gives us a story of first love, touching and gentle, but also lasting. There is humor, action and lots of surprises for the unwary reader. This book can be read as a stand alone, but I would like to have read the first book to have more of the back-story of Lara, Aggie and Brody. This is definitely a book well worth reading, especially for those who believe in magic and love. I enjoyed this trip to this magical place, and would love to read more about these young people.
Updated April 24, 2012