Princess Lina has a life any kid would envy. She lives in a massive palace in the clouds. Everyone in her family has the power to control the wind and weather. On a good day, she can even fly! She loves making lemons into lemon ice, riding wind gusts around the sky, and turning her bedroom into a real life snow globe.
There's just one thing Lina wants: to go to regular, non-magical school with her best friend Claudia. She promises to keep the icy family secret under wraps.
What could go wrong? (EVERYTHING!)
Gr 2-4—Princess Lina isn't like other girls. She is a Windtamer who controls the wind and lives in a palace in the clouds. But she isn't like other Windtamers, either, since her dad is a Groundling (a human) and her wind powers have a knack for turning icy cold. When Lina convinces her parents to let her go to her best friend Claudia's human school, her powers really get out of whack, creating icicles in the classroom and snowdrifts in the gym. Thankfully, Lina has the support of Claudia and her family, as well as Windtamer lessons from her granddad, the General of the Wind, to help get her through. Written as Lina's diary, this book touches on issues of feeling different, making friends and coming into your own and embracing what makes you special. The characters are diverse, though there is no mention of their ethnicity. Two-tone, pink-and-black illustrations set the scene with friendly-faced characters and a perfect pink palace. Lina's world is depicted as fun and unusual while at the same time relatable to anyone who attends a "Groundling" school. VERDICT With a protagonist who could be buddies with Disney's Queen Elsa, this is bound to be popular among readers who love magic and friendship. A solid purchase.—Erica Deb, Matawan Aberdeen Public Library, NJCopyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.