Iris and the Dragonflies - Rosemary Danielis
Deep in the sun-searched growths the dragonfly Hangs like a blue thread loosened from the sky. - Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Silent Noon

Iris Meadows is eleven and would rather spend her time by the creek with her dragonfly friends. she takes leave of them one summer to go to Ireland to visit her paternal grandmother. during her trip, she experiences strange visions and learns more about her heritage. when she comes back to school, Iris is now in sixth grade and meets new students in her class. she gets involved in a school project after she finds out that her beloved Dragonfly Creek is marked as an area for real-estate development and "future expansion."
author Rosemary Danielis has written a wonderful book that not only deals with the real world and its environmental concerns but also one that involves magic and dragons. her writing flows smoothly and there is never a dull moment from one page to the next - all 338 of them!
all the characters are memorable in their own right. i love Iris. she views the world differently and is concerned about the well-being of her environment. despite her special abilities, she still acts her age and is not exempt from throwing a tantrum here and there and that makes her character realistic. i also love how the author threw in 2 boys and 2 girls from different parts of the world to be part of Iris' story.
there are supportive adults and positive role models here as well like Iris' mother, her grandmother and her caretaker Cormac, her teacher Ms. Aldrich and Mrs. Speranza, the school librarian.
the "villains" are unforgettable too especially the twin bullies Timmy and Tommy Bratwurst and the shady Solaris group.
another thing i find remarkable is how the fantasy elements are integrated effortlessly into the whole narrative.
despite my suspicions, the conclusion still comes as a surprise. it certainly hints at more adventures to come for Iris and the dragonflies.
in a nutshell, this book is pure wholesome reading entertainment! although targeted for middle grade readers and recommended as a must-read for girls, Iris and the Dragonflies is really for everyone to appreciate and enjoy.