"The Book of Dares for Lost Friends" by Jane Kelley is a children's book for ages 8-12 that centers around two best friends and their new adventures and struggles as they begin middle school. "Would you dare . . . to undo a spell? To save your friend?" That is the premise of this novel - a mix of magic and friendship. Sounds promising, don't you think?
Overall, I'm quite disappointed with this novel, since I'm a fan of fantasy children's novels. Does it evoke imagination if I were within the target age group? I'm not sure; but for someone my age, it falls short on many levels - from plot, to personal value and usage of fantasy elements to resolving unresolved matters. Lost it is for me.
NOTE: I received a complimentary e-copy proof (prior to final edits for printing) from the publisher, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group for an honest review.