Sophie Foster is an extraordinary 12-year-old girl. Ever since she was 5 years old, she’s had a very special ability-she can hear people’s thoughts. Because of this unexplainable talent, she never fits in anywhere, and never really feels like she belongs. When she meets a boy named Fitz who can do the same thing she can, she finds out that she’s not all that she thought, and that there is somewhere for her to belong. She has to leave everything behind and embark on a wild adventure in a new place, with new rules to learn and a new culture to experience. Learning to control her massive powers and abilities is just part of her new life. When her new friends discover that there are hidden secrets inside of her head, they have to endeavor to keep her safe; for there are things inside of her that people would kill for. Sophie has to discover who she really is, and why she was hidden with the humans; for she might be the key to unraveling her new world…unless her enemies reach her first.
Keeper of the Lost Cities, written by Shannon Messenger and published in 2012 by Aladdin, an imprint of Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, is a riveting story of new beginnings, belonging, and a fantastical world. This book would fall under the middle grade fantasy genre.
I would highly recommend this book for ages 12+. There is some violence and romance to watch out for, but it is a very well written book with memorable characters and fun world building details. All in all, a book well worth the read. 4 out of 5 stars.