Chloe loves the family’s movie theater because when she is there no one can see her scars, which her father accidentally caused. Her father’s shame causes even deeper wounds in their relationship. When she meets a new neighbor who is blind, they definitely do not like each other but their shared work on his movie script about a fantasy world leads to an adventure into that world.
This book seems to be influenced by a touch of Narnia and a lot of Alice in Wonderland, as well as current stories filled with dragons and other fantasy ingredients. The author’s attempt at making thoughtful observations about beneficial concepts such as inner beauty are obscured by too many confusing and unexplained connections between events in the fantasy world and the real world. Characters go from one disaster to another but leave too many loose ends. An acceptable tale for young readers looking for adventure.