Elle Burton and the Reflective Portals
Elle (pronounced Ellie) Burton is a middle grade book that weaves self esteem, dealing with grief and bullying and the choice between serving oneself or other people into an engaging and easy read.
Elle’s father is killed in action in Afghanistan leaving her and her mother to find a new way of being family. At that same moment Elle’s younger brother is born and she meets a Fiorin who is tasked with being at her brother’s birth. Elle learns that she is a guide and will be able to help the Fiorins in their work, which is the protection of children. There are challenges in this world and the world on the other side of the Portals.
The characters are well drawn and experience a wide range of emotions. Peggy never talks down to her readers and doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to plot. I’m sure that this is the first in a long series of books that will reveal more secrets and lead to ever greater adventures.
There are a few minor technical issues in the book, but they won’t get in the way of enjoying the story and young readers will not notice them. I recommend the book to younger readers who like a mix of real and fantasy in their stories.