On her tenth birthday, Ellen wakes up to find a silver crown on her pillow; a few minutes later her house burns up, her parents disappear, and she is launched on an adventure involving a trek through the woods, a castle full of brainwashed captives, and the powerful Hieronymus Machine which wants her crown.
My take: 3 looks
This was a fun, well-written book. Specifically for the younger reader, the book is a page-turner with lots of action and rich characters.
The protagonist, Ellen, finds a fast friend in Otto, as she sets out on an adventure that may or may not end up with her being the queen of ... well, something.
Very entertaining, and a book this size and this pleasant to read is sure to encourage tentative readers to read more.