Summary: Upon opening a book in the basement of her school library, twelve-year-old Una Fairchild finds herself transported to the magical land of Story. There children attend school to become characters in books—heroes, sidekicks, ladies, or even villains—and Tale Keepers oversee the roles each person has permission to play. A dark past overhangs Story, however, and the people no longer welcome those like Una—those who have been Written In. Una and her new friends will have to uncover the truth about Story’s history if they want to preserve their future.
Review: Storybound is a magical tale with all the right elements. It transports readers into the land of their dreams—the land where stories are made—and introduces them to a cast of characters who prove both endearingly loyal and delightfully villainous. A strong plot, an ironic sense of humor, and a spunky protagonist all combine to form an adventure readers will find impossible to put down.
Young readers will readily identify with Una who feels as if she does not quite belong and often slips away so she can be by herself and read. She proves that she has not wasted her time on books when she recognizes almost immediately that she has left her own world and subsequently decides to take charge of the situation. Her willingness to accept her fate and to adapt not only sets her apart from similar characters, but also places the readers on her side. They can tell already that she is a remarkable girl, prepared to face whatever the land of Story can throw at her.
Joining Una are a host of equally likeable and interesting characters, none of them quite who them seem even though the Tale Keepers have publicly categorized them by determining the roles they can play. Almost everyone harbors a secret. Heroes plot in the night, villains prove kindhearted, and the enemy sometimes turns out to be a friend. The sense of mystery pervading the work will keep readers turning pages long after they should have gone to bed. The only problem with the work is that the sequel is not yet available.