Peace has reigned for a long time in the kingdom of Crabbapple. If anything goes awry, however, they have the White Magi to handle things. But then Mage Mabel’s worst fears are confirmed. The witch Aylis has been capturing the White Magi one by one. Now, only she and Mage Martha are left.
While Martha isn’t afraid of any old witch, she doesn’t know who she is up against. She’ll be forced to look for help in the strangest of places.
What a fabulous and fun fantasy adventure for young readers ages 9 through 12. Not liking how rats were portrayed on TV and in the movies, young Sohler set out to write a story where one of the heroines would be a rat.
Martha meets Chip (the rat) while trying to defeat Aylis and save the White Magi. Together, they can do amazing things, which shows young readers the importance of friendship, cooperation, and working together for the greater good.
While at times I felt the sarcastic banter between the characters was a bit forced, it took nothing away from the sheer enjoyment of reading Martha & Chip’s story. While the main characters are girls, there are enough dragons around to entertain the boys in your house. The book opens with an Introduction to the Introduction, which sets the stage for what you’re going to find the rest of the way through: a great story worth reading time and again.
Sohler also illustrated the book, so I tip my hat to her. Katharine Sohler is definitely a young writer and artist to keep your eye on!
Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂