by Amy Kim Kibuishi
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Content: There are some disturbing images and some violence. it’s in the middle grade graphic novel section of the bookstore.
Tabby’s father was obsessed with a tree in their town, a tree where mist comes out. And where he died, his body having been mysteriously aged 200 years. Tabby has become obsessed with her father’s death and hangs out at the tree even though her mother has forbidden it. It’s there aht she sees Philip, a Keeper from the world Rema. She follows him through the portal in the tree and discovers a world where there are people with powers who are ostrcsed, and nothing is quite what it seems.
It’s very much a set-up book, introducing Tabby to the world and us to TAbby and Philip. there is a slight friendship? Romance? between them that doesn’t quite feel justified (i mean he’s cute, but that’s it, really). I wasn’t sure that I was going to like this initially, but as it went on git got more interesting. So, I am quite possibly invested in where this series is going to go. We’ll see. For now, I’ll call this a tentiteively good start.