Synopses & Reviews
Maschari makes her debut with a well conceived but uneven fantasy in which 12 year old Charlie and his younger sister Imogen explore a magical dangerous parallel universe after the death of their mother. Mature responsible and a lover of the reliability of math Charlie thinks in terms of puzzles and problems and strives to care for his sister including poignantly and comically failing to recreate their mother's spaghetti sauce. The siblings' grief seems momentarily lessened when Imogen shows Charlie a door under her bed that leads to a facsimile of their home where their mother eagerly recreates cherished moments from their time together. However these memories disappear after each visit and the seductive appeal of this other world becomes increasingly sinister as the children begin to lose interest in the real world. Charlie and Imogen's emotional turmoil is at times heavy handed particularly in Charlie's grief group sessions and the fantasy realm somewhat sketchily conveyed. Still Maschari delivers a tense allegory about finding the balance between remembering and moving on. Ages 8–12. Agent: Victoria Marini Gelfman Schneider. (Feb.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."