Martina's music box clue leads her and two friends to Sheardland: an ancient sanctuary within the Earth where magical races escape the threats humans pose to their civilizations. Using the Diana's Eye, a mysterious group of rebels hopes to incite the magical races into returning to the...
Sheardland: “gap between hills”; the land created for the Rhihalven and other magical creatures to inhabit; it lies beneath the Earth’s surface and takes up as much space as a closet; entire created home of magical beings
Rhihalvberg: Large area in the south-west of Sheardland where the Rhihalven live
Adalborg: “noble, fortification”; the home of the Head Rhihalva; also the main government building in Rhihalvberg
Sock Gnome Nation: Seaside village of the Sock Gnomes; they live in rounded mud dwellings that some playfully term “Gnome Domes”
Swamp of Sorrows: A swamp where Rhihalven purge their sorrows to keep from remembering them; places where all sorrows are kept to protect the general population
Chapter 1 - Mr. Willoughby’s Gift1 Chapter 2 - The Secret Door13 Chapter 3 - Something Left Behind32 Chapter 4 - Fire, Water, and Air49 Chapter 5 - In the Head Rhihalva’s Office65 Chapter 6 – No Tears for What Spilt80 Chapter 7 – Dreams that Shatter the Night105 Chapter 8 – A Soggy Suspect128 Chapter 9 - The Storage Room for Unknown Secrets143 Chapter 10 - Return to the Surface161 Chapter 11 – Weather Makers and a Rhihalva from the Shadows178 Chapter 12 - In the Swamp of Sorrows195 Chapter 13 - Marvin’s Magical Toys212 Chapter 14 - Breaking Ground232 Chapter 15 - Teagan’s Treasure249
Water: Each of the Martina Mackenzie books focuses on a natural source of magical power. This one centers on water, also one of the sources of magic that the beings of Sheardland are no longer allowed to utilize due to the Elemental Laws.
The three main characters are middle schoolers or soon-to-be high schoolers. Though some of the vocabulary may be slightly more advanced, readers in late elementary or middle school should have no trouble using context clues to determine meaning. Plus, they'll pick up some great new words along the way.
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