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Santiago and Penelope are two adventurous pigs with a yearning for sailing. After escaping the restraining life of their pigsty, they enter the parallel world of Liberty, where any “intelligent creature,” human or otherwise, can strive for success.

The sailing life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, however, as the pigs find themselves on a boat with the fearful and mysterious Ice King. The pigs are sure that the Ice King is hiding something from everyone and are determined to figure it out.

As Santiago and Penelope try to discover the Ice King’s secret, readers certainly like and root for them; they are well-developed characters that have both faults and strengths. However, readers do not truly feel the pigs’ feelings until the last few chapters. While the first part of the book is still interesting, it isn’t nearly as engaging.

Perhaps the greatest fault in the book is the setting of the story. It is not developed particularly well and, at times, seems less like a fascinating fantasy parallel world and more like a bizarre vegetarian anthropomorphic dream. Liberty is, although not spectacular, an okay fantasy read for tweens.

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Author Darcy Pattison
Star Count 3/5
Format Trade
Page Count 220 pages
Publisher Mims House
Publish Date 19-Jul-2016
ISBN 9781629440651
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Issue August 2016
Category Tweens


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