This book is an excellent book for the preteen! It is a mix of Alice and Wonderland meets the Magic world. This is the first in a series of books, that begins with a child being born a family with the expectations of having special magical powers. Her family is disappointed in her, since she can not do any magic. Everyone else in her family has special powers but not her. In her family's attempt to have her find her powers, she is transported to other "world". It is in this world that she learns the truth about her powers. Once she discovers this, she is allowed back home. Once home, she must attend a school for the non magical (since she still can not perform magic). It is at this school that she becomes her true self. She then must solve a mystery with the help of her new friends. This book includes a little of everything--mystery, fantasy, friendship. I would definitively encourage my daughters to read this series.