Patricia Bow lives in Kitchener, Ontario, with her husband, Eric, and a small but fierce cat named Pooka. By day a writer of serious prose for the University of Waterloo, by night she maps worlds of the imagination. Her children's fantasy The Bone Flute was shortlisted for the Ontario Library Association's 2006 Silver Birch Award.
The Ruby Kingdom
Mountains, travel, adventure Amelia Hammer wants it all. Instead, her globe-trotting parents have dumped her in tiny, boring Dunstone, Ontario, in the middle of winter with her grandmother and her geeky cousin Simon. Simon isnâ€™t having much fun either, saddled with a sulky stranger in black leather and with neon hair.And he has to be nice to her.
But life in safe little Dunstone turns dangerously exciting when Mara comes to town. Amelia is enchanted by this tall, proud, fearless girl, but Simon worries that Mara might be mixed up in something weird. Hes right. Mara is not what she seems, and neither is the shape-shifting assassin whos tracking her. When the cousins take Maraâ€™s side in a war for an alien world, Amelia has to spread her wings literally and Simon must find out how far he will go to save a cousin who has become a friend.
"The dialogue was realistic and the book was very well written. The plot was gripping and very exciting to see it unfold with a big surprise reveal towards the end I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of fantasy, magic and other world."
"The Ruby Kingdom gets high marks from me ... It completely enchanted me, and kept me wondering what would happen next in the magical and perilous worlds."