The Stone Door
Mystery, adventure, friendship and siblings come together in the young adult novel The Stone Door by Stefanie Alexis. During a sleep over, Izi and Alex wake to a strange sound outside their tent which turns out to be nothing more than Izi’s twin brother Jason and his friend Brad trying to scare them. As most siblings do, Izi demands payback and dares her twin brother, Jason to enter the rundown Mason House that has been vacant for years and return with something owned by Esmeralda, who used to live there. When Jason goes in and disappears, Izi and Alex take it upon themselves to find him. During their search of the basement they end up discovering a hidden stone door that leads to a magical land called, Zalexia. There they learn from talking animals that Jason has been captured by the three witches and is being held in the Dark Forest. It turns out that the lead witch is none other than Esmeralda Mason, former owner of the Mason House who has not been seen for years and her cronies Nadean and Desdemona. As the girls set off to rescue Jason, they come across creatures both good and bad and discover the three witches’ plans for taking over Zalexia. Alex and Izi must come up with a plan of their own that will not only save Zalexia, but their friends both real and magical as well.
The Stone Door is a fantastic fantasy novel that will delight young readers. Full of fun, mystery, magic and mayhem, there is something for both boys and girls in this book. Alexis’ vivid description of the characters and the settings, both real and magical, bring this story to life. Paired with a story that is fast paced, interesting and well written, The Stone Door is one magical adventure that must not be missed.
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