Imogene of the Pacific Kingdom
by Teresa Saari
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
241 pages; ISBN: 1-4120-1642-8
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Tami Brady
Imogene is just an ordinary ten year old girl who finds herself in extraordinary situations. When Imogene was only five years old, she went to live with her Auntie Agnes while her parents dealt with a mysterious family emergency. Imogene had never met her Auntie Agnes before that fateful day but Auntie Agnes seemed very different from Imogene’s mother. Imogene’s mother was kind, gentle, soft spoken, and loving. Auntie Agnes was harsh, stuffy, loud, and didn’t particularly like children. Nonetheless, Imogene’s mother calmed Imogene’s misgivings saying that Imogene would be safe with Auntie Agnes. Imogene’s mother then promised that she’d return for the girl in five years, after Imogene turned ten.
Over the next few years, Auntie Agnes lost all hope that her sister and brother-in-law would return for Imogene. The stuffy old lady found raising a child, especially a particularly active child like Imogene, extremely difficult. Fortunately, Auntie Agnes’ butler Sampson quickly befriended Imogene. Sampson and Imogene were the only ones who held out any hope that Imogene’s parents would return.
Imogene of the Pacific Kingdom is an adventure-filled chapter book aimed at older elementary school aged children. Nonetheless, this story is suitable for reading to younger audiences as well as for preteen to early teen readers. The storyline is fun and creative with lots of action, intrigue, and adventure. Imogene is loveable, adventurous, creative, imaginative, and a little stubborn. Every child will feel an immediate connection to this amazing girl. I look forward to more adventures from Imogene.