Esme’s Wish by Elizabeth Foster
Fifteen-year-old Esme Silver objects at her father’s wedding, causing an uproar. Everyone else on her small island home has given up hope of ever finding her lost mother, Ariane, and now her father is remarrying, much to her dismay.
When her father and his new wife depart for their honeymoon, Esme sets off too – to explore the last place her mother was seen alive. However, Esme ends up somewhere else entirely.
She is accidentally transported to the alternate world of Aeolia, a world originally gifted to humans by Greek gods, a world where her mother once led a secret second life. Her new friends help her retrace Ariane’s steps in the enchanting Venice-like city of Esperance. But obstacles, of the magical kind, stand in Esme’s way, and physical ones, too.
Aeolia is plagued by earthquakes and Esme becomes caught up in the struggle for the world’s survival. Aeolia’s history proves important to the story and Esme’s Wish is scattered with references to Greek mythology. The ocean plays a big role, too. Dragons roam the skies and swim in the seas.
This is the sort of story that appeals to pre-teens (advanced readers aged from ten up) keen to step up into YA territory, as well as younger teens, or fantasy lovers of any age, including fans of the Percy Jackson series. It contains no romance and minimal violence.
Wendy Orr, author of Nim’s Island, recommends Esme’s Wish as “a fresh new fantasy of an enchanting world.”
About the Author
Elizabeth Foster hails from Sydney, Australia. She loves swimming in the ocean, walking, and playing the piano (badly). As a child, she was called Dizzy Lizzy-which she regarded as an insult all her life, until she started writing. Now, daydreaming is a central part of what she does.
Reading to her own kids reminded her of how much she missed getting lost in other worlds, and once she started writing stories, she couldn’t stop. She’s at her happiest when immersed in stories, plotting new conflicts and adventures for her characters. Esme’s Wish is her first novel.
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