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The Ordinary Box with Extraordinary Secrets
By Sophie Ellul
2013
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 4 stars
 
The stage is set for a fascinating read from the very beginning.

“I have always wondered why it is there and what is inside it and why is it never spoken about.”

“I’m Olivia Johnson and I am 11 years old.  I live with my Mum and Dad.  My Grandad doesn’t live far away but unfortunately my Granny died when I was little.”

“Grandad has a box in the corner of his living room….Why?”

The author develops her characters into living breathing people that will capture readers into Olivia’s quest to unearth the mystery of the box.  A well-done work of fiction, this story reads as if a memoir, the believability of both the voice and the story propelling readers to become involved.

Sophie Ellul is a young woman who holds great potential on the literary road as she gains writing experience.  Her own youthfulness made Olivia’s voice especially real and compelling.  While execution of the story doesn't yet show full maturity of process, her maturity in telling a story that reaches a fitting and strong conclusion is wonderful.

Readers will enjoy this story, and should remember the author’s name, since this reviewer anticipates her name will be surfacing repeatedly in the years ahead.