About The Author:

Jess Redman is a therapist and author of books for young readers with FSG/Macmillan. Her first book, THE MIRACULOUS, was a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of 2019, an Amazon Best Book of 2019, and was called “layered, engaging, and emotionally true” in a Kirkus starred review. Her second book, QUINTESSENCE, releases on July 28th.  The book was featured in OwlCrate Jr.’s subscription box and was described as “a fanciful adventure with a rich emotional core and a fairy tale” by Publishers Weekly. Her third book, THE ADVENTURE IS NOW, is scheduled for publication in May 2021. Redman currently lives in Florida with her husband, two young children, an old cat named SoulPie, and a fish named Annie.

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My Review:

Quintessence was a lovely middle grade book full of magic but grounded in real life situations. Alma is a young girl who moved with her parents to a new town, where she began experiencing episodes, or panic attacks. Her parents encourage her to “acclimate,” although they don’t really know how to help her do so. Luckily, Alma comes across a flyer for an astronomy club, where she meets Shirin and Hugo and later Dustin. Together, they embark on a quest to find the true elements and save the starling.

I loved how each of the kids represented one of the elements – water, wind, earth, and fire. Alma comes to learn that quintessence is the 5th element and it is what happens when all four elements unite. Alma feels that she is losing herself, or her Alma-ness. What she needs to feel herself again is quintessence.

Although it is slightly unrealistic to have middle schoolers running around in the middle of the night, this is a magical book after all! I loved how each element was found and how the kids eventually helped one another through their own issues in order to save the starling.

This is a book that I would share with my 10 year old and hope to be able to at some point!

Quintessence Giveaway:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of QUINTESSENCE, US Only.

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Blog Tour Schedule:

Week One:

7/27/2020 Little Red Reads Review
7/27/2020 BookHounds YA Interview
7/28/2020 Nerdophiles Review
7/28/2020 The Try Everything Review
7/29/2020 Hurn Publications Review
7/29/2020 Jotted by Jena Review
7/30/2020 Rajiv’s Reviews Review
7/30/2020 onemused Review
7/31/2020 Do You Dog-ear? Review
7/31/2020 She Just Loves Books Review

Week Two:

8/3/2020 PopTheButterfly Review
8/3/2020 TheReadingCornerforAll Review
8/4/2020 Here’s to Happy Endings Review
8/4/2020 Twirling Book Princess Excerpt
8/5/2020 Book-o-Craze Review
8/5/2020 Wonder Struck Review
8/6/2020 notinjersey Review
8/6/2020 Two Chicks on Books Interview
8/7/2020 Two Points of Interest Review
8/7/2020 Kait Plus Books Excerpt