I had not heard of author Amy Zhao when she contacted me about featuring her fourth book. Not surprising as about 75% of my reviews are for contemporary stories. When I do dip into fantasy and magical realism, I hope for a unique plot with engaging characters, wildly imagined worlds, and a few crazy creatures thrown in to spice things up. I got all three with The Legends of Pinena – Invasion of the Aliens.
Look out world, I’m sure you’ll be hearing a lot from Amy in the future. You see, she’s a 12-year-old author.
FIVE THINGS I LIKED ABOUT INVASION OF THE ALIENS by Amy Zhao
Amy spent 14 months perfecting the novel and its shows with the character arcs and progression of the action filled plot.
There are some page turning endings to almost every one of the 33 chapters. You can’t help but continue with these types of lines: I gulped, horror and fear encasing me. It was a trap.
The Slucus are half-slug, half octopus creatures out to destroy fairy worlds. They’re creepy and make the perfect antagonist blocking any takeover from Pia and her friends.
The action scenes were well crafted and they each elicit a high level of emotions out of readers. Just what writers of any age want.
A bonus section of 24 pages is included with writing experiences, lessons and tips that will encourage kids to start writing their own creative stories. Amy’s web page is also filled with writing tips, and you don’t have to be in sixth grade to benefit from her suggestions.
Here’s the official scoop on this new title:
Pia knows she’s in trouble when suddenly a portal appears in her school and teleports her to a different planet, in a different galaxy …
Right into the middle of a 9-year long war between the fairy inhabitants of the planet and the invading half-slug half-octopus evil aliens.
But Pia’s sudden arrival to the planet has caught the attention of a dangerous enemy. An enemy who knows that Pia has strong powers that she herself is not aware of. An enemy who knows how to turn her powers against her.
A young adventurer.
A traitor, out for revenge.
A hero, hidden and ashamed.
A fierce warrior with a horrible past.
A beloved General, only dreading his twisted fate.
A neglected prince, seething with unspeakable rage.
The balance of the galaxy hangs in their precarious fingers.
BOOK BIRTHDAY: March 14, 2020 PAGE COUNT: 347
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
At the moment, Amy Zhao is a 6th grader in the Northshore School District.
Amy wants to encourage & inspire one million kids to read and write more!
She has been writing books for a few years. Amy started writing this book when she was 11 years old and published it just as she turned 12. When she’s not reading or writing, you can find Amy …
– singing her heart out when she thinks nobody’s watching
– playing basketball with friends
– (attempting) to draw
– and stocking up on candy (since you never know when there will be a candy apocalypse)
Amy wants to be a great author someday.
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