Fogelin, Adrian Some Kind of Magic, 220 pgs. Peachtree Publishers, 2015. $15.95. Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG.
Ben, Justin, Cass, and Jemmie are four close friends who are now facing a long, boring summer before starting high school in the fall. Things get a little more interesting when Ben’s younger brother, Cody, leads them to an abandoned building on the edge of town. As the group converts it into a secret hideout, the mystery behind the building’s past begins to unfold. Through the story, each of the friends has some noticeable growth and change of character—just as all teenagers do.
The best word to describe this novel is “nice.” It was a simple, clean story that interested me enough to keep reading but not enough that I’d be anxious to share this book with someone else. I liked how the author switched up the perspective of the story every chapter so you heard the voices of all five of the main characters—making it appealing to both boy and girl readers. However, I think the title and the book’s cover suggest this is a “girl book” so I imagine they will be the main audience. The PG rating comes from references to death, and one bloody scene due to injury.
MS—OPTIONAL Reviewer: TChase