Molly Spungle: The Secret of Red Stone is Jessie L. Best’s third book aimed at young readers and it follows the adventures of a young fairy named Molly Spungle, who escapes an evil sorcerer and must now rescue her friends.
Molly’s world is a magical place of potions, magic wands, good guys, bad guys, and a red dragon, Ran-Da, with exceptional powers-and a special connection to Molly. Young readers will learn about the importance of personal sacrifice for the greater good, the importance of friendships and the triumph of good over evil.
The device of the fairy has a long history in European culture, especially during the Victorian and Edwardian eras, where fairies (often spelled faeries) figured in painting and literature. In Molly Spungle, we have an update on the fairy tales of the past. There are even overtones of L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz.
Even without a sequel, the book can stand on its own. It’s a pretty tale told by an author with a vivid imagination.