Are you constantly on the lookout for wholesome, excellent reading material for your middle-schooler?
I certainly am. Sometimes I feel as though finding great books for my son is like navigating a minefield. (And not the virtual kind, in a video game!)
So you can imagine how thrilled I was to find The League and the Lantern. Brian Wells and Flyby Promotions generously provided a signed copy of this book for us to review! (And keep reading for a book giveaway as well!) With loads of adventure, interesting characters, and a fascinating plot line, this book is everything we’ve been looking for in a book for middle-schoolers! (Especially middle-school boys….but I think that girls will also enjoy it!)
Aspiring seventh grader Jake Herndon is just about to hit the reset button on his school reputation, as he finally makes the jump to middle school. Unfortunately, he garnered a not-so-glowing rep after a disaster at a school dance, that seemed to negatively define him for the rest of his classmates. Now, he has the chance to change that for the positive as he enters University Prep Middle School. He does actually have some good things going for him. He’s a wrestling champ, he’s ready to volunteer and help others, and he even has “heterochromia iridum,” or two different colored pupils.
Headed off to a school sleepover at the Museum of Science and Industry, Jake is ready to go. Until, that is, he falls into a fountain while helping a small child, and drenches himself. Suddenly, his new start is looking a little shaky….but he presses on, hopeful for the best. Until the only dry shirt they can find to replace his wet one is….a Hello Kitty shirt. Things are not looking so good!
As Jake is grouped with other newcomers TJ, Lucy, and others, the students begin a scavenger search for clues around the museum. But suddenly, their quest is interrupted by a huge explosion followed by darkness, dust and debris. Suddenly, Jake isn’t sure he’s even going to survive the sleepover, much less seventh grade!
Before Jake’s adventure is over, he’ll encounter secret identities, terrible villains and an evil organization, and connections he’d never have dreamed about…as well as some most excellent new friends!
Since my son is in 8th grade, I knew that this would be a book he’d enjoy reading on his own. So each of us actually read the book on our own. It is a fantastic reader for middle-schoolers (and late elementary students as well). However, it also would make a great read-aloud. There are twists, turns, humor, and excitement as Jake, Lucy, and TJ explore the mystery that burst into their lives quite unexpectedly.
Here’s what my son Jackson had to say about it:
“The League and the Lantern is a great book for littler kids and older ones as well. The chapters are short and easy to read, though still use some more sophisticated words that littler kids might not understand. It makes great references to other things and is a good book to read.”
It’s a great story. Best of all, it’s the first book in a series by Brian Wells…so there will be more Jake adventures to come!
You can also buy your own copy (if you’re not the giveaway winner) at League and Lantern. Brian Wells has an amazing program there; when one copy is purchased, he gives away a copy to kiddos who can’t afford their own copy! And when you visit this website, be sure to read his author biography. It might be the funniest one I’ve ever read. 🙂
Now you have an opportunity to win a copy of The League and the Lantern for your own family! Just enter via the Giveaway Tools entry form below. Giveaway ends 5/18/16. Best wishes!
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