Allen & Unwin
Shine Mountain by Julie Hunt is a fantasy and adventure novel that follows Ellie on her quest to destroy an ancient and cursed button-box. Along the way she meets new friends like Luca, son of a rainmaker, and Meridian, the way-lady; however, a strange man seems to be following her everywhere she goes.
I think this story would most appeal to younger people from 9 to 14 years old, but I think anybody who enjoys fantasy and mystery would enjoy it. Some themes covered in the novel are family and determination. I really enjoyed the book because I thought the characters were very well written and had strong personalities which made them relatable. In addition, the suspense was so strong that I could not put the book down. I think the novel is quite easy to read and understand because the vocabulary is not too complex but still emotive.
Marion, age 15
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