The Kingdom of What Is is one part whimsical adventure and one part situational fantasy tackling the emotional turmoil young teenagers face when their parents separate. Peterson crafts subtle yet impactful metaphors through The Kingdom of What Is and these fold in well with the unusual personalities and plans of the monarchy to defend their kingdom from a cunning and persuasive villain. Kate’s relationship with her younger brother, Gavin, is so relatable, as is the friendships she shares with her best friend, Analyse, and Kate’s indecisive crush on Nolan. Fans of Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe will find much to love in this novel.
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