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The Silver Strand

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Ever since twelve year old Isabelle Tresdon’s silver strand of hair sprouted, it’s been nothing but trouble: bleeding pink dust and sparking like a firecracker. Refusing to be known as the girl with the freaky, grandma hair, she wishes it never grew and the hair withers and tarnishes.

The only problem is, the strand is Isabelle’s source of magic, and she can transform particles of energy into matter. It’s also her ticket into Mastermind Academy, a secret school inside the hollow earth. Five days remain before the strand drains her magic and life, forcing Isabelle into a deal with two trickster Masterminds to save it. But what she doesn’t count on is that there is more at stake than just her life.

The Silver Strand, a middle grade fantasy Adventure for 9-12 year-olds, is book 1 in the Mastermind Academy series.

Hott Review:

The Silver Strand is a cute middle grade fantasy adventure.

What I liked: I can’t wait to share The Silver Strand with the girls. There are so many important problems we face every day that are dealt with like bullying, fear, friendship, and being a teen and The Silver Strand touches on every one with a great example and humorous antidote.

It was great fun to watch the trouble Isabelle wound up in and how she overcame each obstacle.

What I didn’t like: Although I enjoyed The Silver Strand overall, there were times I was quite confused. I felt like I’d missed large parts of the story and reread only to find I hadn’t or I’d have to reread to find out what “it” referred to because there were so many sequentially. I have a feeling someone much younger won’t have a problem following along though. 🙂

** Note: While this was originally book 1 in the series, it’s now the 2nd in the series. It can be read first though.


Author: L.J. Clarkson
Source: I purchased The Silver Strand on April 15, 2017 when it was free.
Publisher & Date: August 9th 2015 by Indicated Publications and Promotions (first published August 25th 2013)
Genre: Middle-Grade Fantasy Adventure
ISBN: 099230170X (ISBN13: 9780992301705)
Pages: 176
Grade: B
Ages: 12+
Steam: YA
Setting: Hilton, Australia
Series: Mastermind Academy #2
The Silver Thief
The Silver Thief
The Silver Strand
The Silver Strand
The Silver Chains
The Silver Chains
The Silver Skull
The Silver Skull


Author Bio:

LJ CLARKSONLJ Clarkson has done many things in her time. Making mud pies as an Environmental Engineer. Bossing people around as a project manager. Reducing flood risk to residents affected by floods. But her all time favorite job is telling stories and making others laugh.

She counts the following as very special talents: singing out of tune, laughing at her own jokes, reciting useless, but very fascinating facts, and a magical habit of magnetizing food to her clothes. If she were a Mastermind, she’d uninvent early mornings, grammar, broccoli, cleaning and her dog’s fussy eating habits.

LJ is the author of the Mastermind Academy, Heaven and Hound and Fireborn series.

Websites & Links: author's website author's facebook


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