Saturday, March 11, 2017

Wings that Shine

Enchanted Pony Academy #2 Wings That Shine. Lisa Ann Scott. 2017. Scholastic. 128 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence: Skydancer rustled her wings in excitement as she listened to plans for the Homecoming celebration.

Premise/plot: Skydancer stars in the second book in the Enchanted Pony Academy series. If you have a young daughter or granddaughter who loves, loves, loves all things ponies or unicorns, then this might be a good match for you. Skydancer is a pony--a flying pony--whose problem is fear, I believe. She'll be challenged to dig down deep and find her courage in this one. This one has more action than the first book--in my opinion. Dragons are discovered near the academy. Everyone--even the adult teachers--are anxious. Ponies and dragons don't necessarily belong near each other at all. Can the ponies overcome their fears and worries long enough to help the dragons out of their predicament?

My thoughts: I liked the second book better than the first. I think the dragons helped actually. Skydancer's talent--besides flying--is talking to other animals who fly. That makes her a great resource at the academy when dragons appear. Skydancer is the only one who can help the two communicate with each other. The ponies have to stop making assumptions about dragons long enough to listen to Skydancer.

While I wouldn't say that either book is "great literature," I would say that young readers NEED paperback series books. Each generation will have its own series, for I don't think any series really stays in print long enough to become a classic.

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