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Jul 26 2018

Melowy: Dreams come true by Danielle Star

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Scholastic, 2018. ISBN 9781338151749
(Ages 6-8) Theme: Fantasy. Short and quick to read. Magical Pegasi go to a school for magical horses.
Aura, a 'magical land' that's 'in a distant galaxy' has four Island realms (Winter, Spring, Day and Night) that are populated by Pegasi. Some Pegasi are Melowies, marked with a hidden symbol on their wings that indicate magical abilities. Melowies are summoned to school at the 'Castle of Destiny' in the clouds. Frontmatter details these realms, provides a map of the castle, and provides short profiles on the five main characters.
The story opens on the day the new Melowies arrive - which also happens to be the anniversary of Cleo's arrival day (the day she was found mysteriously at the castle, origins unknown and no melowy mark). The story centres on Cleo and Maya, a shy Pegasus from Spring. During the entrance test, Cleo enters mistakenly, and Maya asks her to stay and help, and she unsurprisingly ends up assisting all the main characters.
The brightly coloured Pegasi have unicorn horns, highly decorative wings, heavy eye make-up, and long flowing manes. There is not a hint of subtlety about them. The epilogue's twist foreshadows a threat to Aura.
Donna Isgar

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