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Gussy has spent her whole life training to protect her home from the Great Doom. When an urgent message summons Grandpa Widow, her mentor and town Protector, away from the town, it means Gussy is all on her own to perform the rights and rituals that will keep them safe. She knows she can do it until she breaks the biggest rule there is; never open the gates after nightfall. Then everything starts going wrong.

This middle-grade novel is a story about responsibility, trust, and that sometimes authority figures don’t know everything. It’s a cute story that I enjoyed reading, but started to have to push through to finish. The characters are bland, the story more plot-driven than anything else. Cricket is my favorite; he has a lot of personality just like any dog. Gussy struggles with wanting to know what happened to her parents and I keep wondering what it would have to do with the plot, as it turns out, nothing, it’s just a distraction. The point-of-view is confusing; it is written in first person, but Gussy constantly narrates to “you” as if she’s telling the story.

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Author Jimmy Cajoleas
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 336 pages
Publisher Quill Tree Books
Publish Date 02-Nov-2021
ISBN 9780063008779
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Issue April 2022
Category Young Adult