Sakura continues to collect Clow Cards in a few new adventures. Her class gets a new substitute Math teacher, Kaho Mizuki, and it's someone from Tōya's (Sakura's brother) past. She can make predictions, and often they come to fruition. Syaoran warns that she is incredibly powerful, and tells Sakura not to trust her, but Sakura has a warm, floaty feeling evey time she talks Mizuki-san. Mizuki is the daughter of a local shrine family where Sakura tries to buy a charm, but instead she, Syaoran, and Tomoyo get sucked into a maze. Then, the school goes on a field trip to the beach, and one of Sakura’s classmate scares her with a ghost story about a test of courage that happened inside a cave on the very beach they're visiting. The next day, Sakura’s class has to do the same test of courage, and Sakura is petrified. When classmates start disappearing inside the cave, it's up to Sakura to figure out why and save them all.
In each volume so far, we've been introduced to another magic-sensitive person who is somehow getting mixed up in the business with these Clow Cards. This volume's addition, Mizuki-san, is really intriguing. Unlike Syaoran, we didn't get much of her backstory, other than her relationship with Tōya, but that didn't explain her magical background or how her gift works. With Sakura having no magical training, it's understandable that other, stronger magic users will have to be involved to help her with her mission. Something else I enjoy about this series is the subtle big-brother protectiveness Tōya demonstrates. While little sisters are often annoying to older brothers (spoken as a little sister), Tōya is always looking out for Sakura and trying to keep her safe even if she doesn't notice it. Something that might stick out to readers is the different relationships that are present in the book. There is no shortage of students crushing on teachers, and apparently EVERYONE is in love with Yukito (except Tomoyo, who is crushing pretty hard on Sakura).
Sara's Rating: 10/10
Suitability Level: Grades 4-8
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2
Publication Date: January 28, 2020
ISBN: 9781632368669 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 10/10, Suitability: Elementary School, Suitability: Middle School, Manga, Magical Girl, Action Adventure, Friendship, LGBTQ+
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