The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes
Synopsis: (from goodreads)
Fourteen-year-old Hannah Bradbury loved her father so much that she worried about him constantly. After all, he was a photographer who traveled to the most dangerous places in the world.
To allay her fears, each time he came home he brought her silly gifts, each one with supposed magical powers: the Seal of Solomon, the Ring of Gyges, even Aladdin’s Lamp. It was that lamp Hannah found the most unbelievable, for it looked like an ugly teapot. Nevertheless, her father assured her it was real, and made her promise to save her three wishes for something very special.
Then . . . six months later . . . the unthinkable happened. Her father was killed while on assignment to Baghdad. And so on the day of his funeral Hannah did something she never thought she would ever do.
She took out that teapot and gave it a rub . . .
The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes is a timeless tale, filled with magic and adventure. More importantly, it will make you believe in the overwhelming power of love.
This story is a thrill ride with a combination of Indiana Jones and Aladdin. Hannah is a feisty and courageous young woman and her character really explores some depth for a teen dealing with death and the fear of letting go. There are a number of moments that touch on a darker side yet reminds us of the classic good verses evil and how it triumphs in the end. This is easily a new fantasy series to adore.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.