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Sass and Traz Save the Library, Michelle Worthington (author), Naomi Greaves (illus.), Daisy Lane Publishing, October 2021.
Sassafras and Alcatraz are twins who couldn’t be more different, except for the fact that they love their local library.
The librarian, Ms Burns, tells them the library is going to be demolished and there is nothing she can do about it.
That is, until the library itself finds a way to help.
Can they work together to find a way to stop the council and save the library before it is too late?
International award-winning author, script writer and passionate advocate for children’s literacy, Michelle Worthington, delivers a congenial read to suit a broad range of readers and ages, from juniors through to middle grade, reluctant to independent readers, with her new and first title in the series; Sass and Traz Save the Library. Combined with the animated black and white illustrations by Naomi Greaves headlining each of the thirteen chapters, this book breathes a dust-jacket full of energy, magic and the soul of books – that prove so much more than just another worded adventure.
Through its protagonists, Sassafras and Alcatraz – twins who couldn’t be more different – it is their identical value of their local library (and indirectly, ours) that is at the fundamental core of this story. It is an all-too-common, and heartbreaking reality that many school and local libraries have become redundant due to lack of funding. How devastating it would be to lose that safe haven, that community, that free access to literacy learning and adventure, all because of money. That’s how Sass and Traz feel when they learn of the news through their usually-delightfully upbeat angel of a librarian, Ms Burns. The mayor has threatened to close down the library to make way for a car park instead, and it seems there is nothing that can be done about it. Until, of course, maybe there is. And these twins find themselves on a swashbuckling, gallant and brilliantly noble and magical mission through the wonderful characters of the library, that, with the perfect match, may just possess the key (or catalogue, rather) to saving their beloved book space. It’s a nail-biting (and finger-biting) ending that leaves us hanging on for more. We’re holding our fiery breaths for Book 2!
Much consideration has been given by Worthington to the diversity of her characters; namely her twin heroes, Sass and Traz. Their physical and neurological abilities never hinder their strength – in fact, they appear as inspiring and relatable role models. This lends beautifully to their intended audience through the engaging and gripping storyline, easy-to-read page-turning chapters and its emotive, descriptive language, and not to mention the added humour that both children and adults will certainly chortle about!
Exciting readers with the power of books, as well as raising awareness and a further appreciation for the importance of libraries, Sass and Traz Save the Library is, most importantly, a fun-filled, magical adventure across the Dewey Decimal System. With boundless suspense from cover to cover, sure to create tingles up your spine, this book would make a neat addition to any book shelf, school, local or home library!
Review by Romi Sharp.
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