A tunnel of wind burst from the edge of the forest. It rushed across the grass and down the hill. The plants and trees in its path shuddered and swayed, a line of vicious movement through the otherwise still landscape, which seemed to be heading straight for Alex. A prickle ran the length of Alex’s spine. Wind couldn’t go in a straight line like that…could it?

Alex and the Alpacas Save the World by Kathryn Lefroy is a fast-paced middle-grade adventure story of mistaken identity, an evil twin, and talking alpacas.

The story opens with Alex and her mum on their way to Alex’s grandfather’s farm. Grandfather Jacob doesn’t want them there. But Alex unwittingly unleashes a malevolent force bent on destruction and the biggest adventure of her life waits.

Alex and the Alpacas Save the World is perfect for readers who enjoy lots of action and a mystery. The story has themes of family relationships, tradition, and facing your fears. It was shortlisted for the 2020 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards and published by Fremantle Press in 2019. Here’s the blurb:

Alex is expecting a pretty boring summer. But when Mum takes her to visit her mysterious grandfather on his farm in Tasmania, weird things start to happen … Weirdest of all? Her grandfather’s pet alpacas … who can talk! When things go from strange to scary, Alex must use all her brains, brawn and bravery in order to survive the sinister forces threatening life as she knows it.

PRAISE FOR THE BOOK

‘Readers will easily relate to strong and courageous Alex … Both highly entertaining and surprisingly endearing, Alex and the Alpacas Save the World is also about the importance of family and respecting the land around us.’ Books+Publishing

‘This is a fast-paced book with plenty of action, suspense and scary moments … overall the story is entertaining and engaging and the alpacas make very appealing characters.’Magpies

‘Kathryn Lefroy successfully makes us suspend disbelief with her witty dialogue and convincing characters, taking us on a page-turning pursuit that young readers (9-13) won’t be able to put down.’ Writing WA

Many thanks to Kathryn Lefroy for sharing a copy of her book with me. Keep an eye out for my interview with Kathryn coming soon!