Mabel Jones and the Forbidden City

illus. by Ross Collins. 304p. (Mabel Jones: Bk. 2). Viking Bks. for Young Readers. Feb. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780451471970.
Gr 3–6—In the middle of the night, Mabel Jones's baby sister is kidnapped by a nefarious creature using long spindly roots. When Mabel discovers her sister is missing, she goes on a quest to The Forbidden City to rescue her. Along the way, Mabel battles monsters and picks up a few creature friends. Fans of Mabbitt's witty, butt-kicking strong female character will enjoy spending time with her again. The narration harkens to that of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events and fans of that series will enjoy the snarky voice. Previous knowledge of the last book is not given and is not necessary to enjoy this story, only enhancing it. A cliffhanger ending will leave readers clamoring for the next book in this action packed series.
Mabel (The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones) searches the Noo World for her baby sister, who's been abducted by an evil jungle sorceress. Teaming up with two explorers and some old friends, she journeys to the Forbidden City. Wordiness and backstory slow the action in places, but fans won't be disappointed with this second wild romp, illustrated with plentiful line drawings.

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