Edward Bloor, |
This darkly sparkling satire on the foibles of the American education system is not at all what we'd typically expect from a young-adult novel. While brighter and somewhat less acidic than Lemony Snicket's unfortunate oeuvre, the characters herein soar not only in Peter Pan-esque bravado and elan, but also in smartly targeting right on its turgid mark.
When combined, a haunted library, complete with very quirky librarians; a family where eccentricity and egomania are a long-standing and requisite condition; and lots of goofy fun and weirdness make for an incredible reading experience.
While this would be a great addition to the "while we're waiting for the next Potter/Snicket/Funke/Paolini, etc." list, there's a lot here for reluctant readers and generally fans of the kooky. This would also be great for classroom use in teaching the joys of satire.
by Stephen Richmond