by Joan Aiken
I love IS! She is so plucky and fierce and kind. I love her practical common sense, her “no foolishness” approach to every problem, and her unfailing generosity. She somehow manages to be a realist, with no nonsense about her, but she also is open to believing new ideas, even if they seem impossible and wild. She accepts the reality that is placed before her, and deals with it accordingly. I really admire that about her, because I’m a person who is always caught up in fantasy and wishing, without focusing on what is really real, so I waste a lot of time and energy trying to cope/accept the real situation. Is can be so deliciously REAL, and you see that in her relationships with the other characters.
I love how quickly the plot moves along. I love the creepy scenery of the underground mines. I love the weird and strange characters that IS meets along the way! I love it all!
The writing, as with all Joan Aiken’s books, really pulls you into the story, describes the scene in a few well-chosen words, and puts you right into the characters’ shoes, creating a strong emotional connection to the characters. Excellent and imaginative writing!