Born in the 'worst storm in living memory', Twister lives up to her name; feisty and tenacious, she takes on whatever comes her way. With her father missing and her mother having sun into a deep depression, Twister would be all alone if it weren't for her Aunt Honey and Twister's beloved dog, Point.  School should somewhere for her to thrive as she loves learning, yet sneering girls and bullies make her life miserable. 

Pushed to the edge by accusations that her father was responsible for the death of two people in a fire, Twister bravely sets off on a mission to find him and bring him back home. Given a magical necklace that holds the souls of living things by a witch called Maymay, Twister finds she can use its power to transform herself- but at a cost. And someone else wants the necklace and the power it contains...

An original, powerful story which mixes magic and at times brutal reality, 'Twister' is a compelling read. Twister herself is an intriguing character, loyal and spirited. Her voice is beautifully captured, with her dry commentary on the actions of those around and her wonderful turn of phrase.  Other characters- both the good and the bad- are also cleverly drawn. The landscape, vividly described in Twister's unique style, highlights tiny details others might miss.

The story is gripping and fast moving- at times scary, at times sad, building to a satisfying conclusion. It is the perfect book for those looking for a read that offers something a bit different- great for moving on! 

Twister by Juliette Forrest, cover illustration by Alexis Snell

Scholastic    ISBN: 978-1407185118