by Braden Bell
Published July 10, 2012
This book was provided by the publisher, Cedar Fort, in exchange for an honest review.
All thirteen-year-old Conner Dell wants to do is pass pre-algebra, play lacrosse, and possibly kiss Melanie Stephens. He didn’t mean to set anyone’s gym shorts on fire or make school lunches explode. But now that the strange powers inside him have been ignited, Conner’s normal teenage life is about to go up in flames!
This fast-paced novel is non-stop fun for kids and parents alike. With characters you can’t help but root for, a plot that keeps you guessing, and plenty of humor, it’s a guaranteed thrill ride from cover to cover!
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This is one of the better middle grade books out there. Full of mystery, adventure, and (dare I say it?) magic, this book is full of excitement.
The characters are jump-off-the-page real, and they're great! I'd love to have them living next door. Well, maybe not . . . I don't really want the Darkhands to show up in my neighborhood.
Parents will like the way the story includes good morals (honoring decisions made by the parents, looking out for siblings/friends, not getting bogged down by self pity, teachers who aren't evil, etc.). Kids will enjoy the age-old fight of good vs. evil, and probably won't even notice on a conscious level those things the parents will appreciate.
This is great writing, and a wonderful story. Unfortunately, once you've read it, you'll have to wait for the next book. But don't worry, it's definitely worth it!