Savage, J. Scott Making the Team (Case Files 13 Book #1) 288 pgs, HarperCollins; 2013. $14.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G
In this second book in a series, Nick, Carter, and Angelo know now that some things are real that they thought were make believe. They even started a monster journal. Since Nick was a zombie for a time, and even though he is human again, he can still talk to ghosts. When bodies go missing from the local cemetery, Nick and his friends want to use his ability to help (and film their movie project). But this pesky group of girls from their school; Angie, Tiffany, and Dana are always getting in their way. When they explore a lead together, a classmate goes missing, and they discover a giant sized football player with a very simple sweet mind. Now the six of them are in a bind, and must help their classmate, even if he was a bully, before its too late.
This was a very fun read, full of interesting information, and enjoyable characters. The plot would be very interesting to students, with its references to mythical creatures, legends, and monsters of every kind. I wish there was more to this book, like more little subplots to fill things out. I would like to know the characters and world a bit better. For example, Carter is known for eating all the time. I think 5-6 graders readers are ready for a bit more character development than that. That being said, I really liked reading this book, and was lucky to have the next one in the series ready to read since I couldn't put this one down! Can function as a read alone.
EL – ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.