Helen the Transartist by Anita Stairs-Oberlick
Helen Robley is a 12-year-old living in the Sisson Home for Girls. She has grown up believing she is an orphan, and although she loves her Aunt Judy and Miss Amanda, she feels there is a part of her missing. But that is all about to change. One morning Helen wakes to find a strange piece of paper tangled in her hair. It appears to be a ticket, but to where? The words on the paper make no sense, but as Helen learns more about the ticket she found, she begins to realize she has a special power-she can move and change people and objects through her drawings! Using the ticket as her guide, she finds herself in a place called the East Pole in the Fifth Dimension. The East Pole is full of all the creatures adults don’t believe exist. She learns she is a Transartist, and she was sent to Earth for protection against the evil Queen Narcissa. Now Helen must learn to use her powers to save herself and her new friends, as well as find out what happened to her parents.
Helen the Transartist catches your eye with the cover, and the writing inside doesn’t disappoint. The story flows seamlessly and is good for children as well as adults. There is a wonderful originality to the book. Anita Stairs-Oberlick has taken the fantasy genre and used it in a completely new way. She brings the creatures of our childhood to life and lets us sneak a peek into their lives. We see where they come from, how they live, and so much more. You can tell that she put a lot of thought into every word she wrote, and her story and characters reflect that. Helen is depicted as a girl who thought she was just like everyone else, only for her to be thrust into the middle of a new world with new dangers. She is happy at the East Pole, but she still misses Aunt Judy and Miss Amanda. Helen the Transartist is a charming book that would entertain everyone young and old. The story is captivating and fun, with twists and turns to keep you guessing, and the characters are beautifully written. Every page of this book is amazing. Anita Stairs-Oberlick has created a world that you will want to learn more about!
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