Sang Spell by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is about a young boy that finds himself trapped in a small town completely isolated from time. After being mugged, Josh undergoes a broken rib that causes him to spend several months in this strange town. But what puzzles Josh the most is that…one day there is a building in the town and the next day there is nothing as if it were magic! Josh has to get away from this town to get to his new life in Dallas, Texas after facing the hardship of losing his mother, but no one knows how to leave! As josh tries to escape, he makes friends and goes through the strange traditions of the town. Now Josh isn’t sure if he wants to leave!
Many things were executed well in this book. The detail at the beginning of the book was extraordinary! The way the author describes the intense seizures of pain throughout Josh’s body after being mugged made me feel as thought I was Josh myself.
It was incredible.
The way the author described Josh and his disappointments were unmatched in my opinion. The way Josh waded in he water all night to find that he had gone only 20 feet from shore was heartbreaking. The way Josh tried to escape the island by going to the other island across to find he could only run in circles was terrible. My heart was sinking.
However the ending was slightly disappointing to me. I have read another book who’s storyline was almost the same. I was hoping for a different ending. It was also slightly boring the way he just walks and gets on the intersection.
Overall, I think this was a great book! I would recommend it to any teen who enjoys a mystery/fantasy book with a murderous background. I truly enjoyed reading this book.