Once upon a time there was a beautiful girl. Her life teetered between living the storied existence of the literary characters she loves and the real life challenges of a 12 year old. The characters she loves are strong, smart and sensitive, much like her. While it may be more glamorous to dwell in the story of these characters, she's unaware that she's truly the heroine of her biography. Like every protagonist, she struggles to find herself as the plot unfolds. This young hero must learn to adapt, learn to persevere and learn to thrive. Each day she must balance the demands of her routine while seeking out life's best adventures. But like any reading audience, I can't help but believe in this heroine from page one. I wait breathlessly for what will be spelled out on her next page. As I read along, I see her come to light and the hero emerges. How will she save the world? Life is a great series and the people we love are its heroes. Believe in them and this book will have the happiest of endings.