Huckerby, Mark Defender of the Realm, 320 pages. Scholastic, 2017. $18.00. Language:PG (1 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content:G; Violence:PG-13 (impaling with description of bloodshed).
Alfie will be known as the “Most Disappointing King” to rule England. But, after his father is announced dead by a “heart attack,” Alfie becomes the new king, and also gains the ancient power of “Defender of the Realm.” Now he is tasked with protecting England from a dragon that seeks to become the new king.
This book is well written with a lot of good detail. Alfie really grows from a prince who doesn't want to be a prince to a king who is willing to give his life for his country. The book makes the title of king into something that doesn’t seem too fun. This book is one of the better books that I’ve read in 2017.
MS - ADVISABLE Student Reviewer 8th Grade DJ