Book review: Oksa Pollock: The Heart of Two Worlds by Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf
Schoolgirl extraordinaire and eponymous star of this epic French fantasy series, Oksa has become a global publishing phenomenon.
Her amazing adventures, translated by Sue Rose, have been brought to an English-speaking audience by Pushkin Children’s Books which specialises in tales from different languages and cultures.
They believe firmly that children love to hear about monsters and heroes, romance and death, disaster and rescue, from every place and time. From picture books and adventure stories to fairy tales and classics, and from 50-year-old bestsellers to current huge successes abroad, the books on the Pushkin Children’s list reflect the very best stories from around the world.
And no-one fits the bill better than Oksa, the 13-year-old girl from Paris who thought she normal until she started a new life in London and discovered she could produce fire from her hands, move objects with her mind and even fly.
The truth was that her family fled Edefia, their magical, hidden home, years ago and Oksa is their queen, a role that throws her into wilder adventures than she could ever have imagined.
In the third instalment, the lives of Oksa and her family change forever as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and torrential rain throw the Earth into turmoil. Fleeing a flooded London, Oksa and the rest of the Pollock family set off in search of the Entrance Portal of Edefia.
It is their only chance of restoring the Earth’s balance and resolving mounting troubles in their homeland. To get there, Oksa is forced to ally herself with the terrible Felons, mortal enemies who could betray her at any moment.
Luckily for Oksa she also has her family and some real friends, armed with invaluable strengths, at her side. There’s Pavel, her shape-shifting father, Gus and Tugdual, the two rivals for her heart, and of course, her formidable grandmother Dragomira accompanied by her menagerie of Edefian creatures.
What Oksa doesn’t yet know is that not only will she have to brave countless dangers to reach the portal, she must also pay a terrible price to enter the hidden world... and what awaits her on the other side?
Oksa’s adventures in fantasy lands make magical reading for children age ten and over, transporting them to amazing worlds and exciting new horizons.
Heart-stopping danger, fast-paced action and some of the quirkiest and scariest characters you could hope to meet will leave them yearning for more.
Also available now in paperback, priced at £7.99, is Oksa Pollock: The Forest of Lost Souls, the second book in the series featuring more death-defying missions.
(Pushkin Children’s Books, hardback, £12.99)