Alex, a twelve going on thirteen-year-old girl, lives her life by the painstaking rules of every superstition. She uses her encyclopaedia level knowledge of all things good and bad luck through everything, even her own thirteenth birthday is amiss (since thirteen is an unlucky number). The one time she chooses not to follow these rules, it breaks her mother’s back… really. “Step on a crack, break your mothers back” is a bit of a corny situation to occur seriously in a story, but it turned out a little funny and manages to bypass any major cringe by jumping right into the seriousness of Alex’s situation. The adventure she must embark on, to save her mother, takes her into another world.
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