Thursday, July 26, 2012

Troubletwisters: The Magic (Book 1) by Garth Nix and Sean Williams -OPTIONAL

Nix, Garth and Williams, Sean Troubletwisters: The Magic (Book 1) 304 pgs. Scholastic Press, 2011. $12.62.  (Rating: G)
When Jaide and Jack move in with their mysterious Grandmother X, their lives take an interesting turn. They find out that things aren’t always what they seem, and that they have some magical abilities. When an evil force threatens them both (with its scary use of taking over the bodies of bugs, birds, and more), they must experiment with their newfound abilities, talk to cats, and find a creative solution.
This starts out pretty intriguing but quickly falls into that magical trap of ‘anything can happen’, which makes it difficult to connect to caring about the characters, since you know ‘something magical will happen’ to save them –no matter what. There was a ton of foreshadowing, which started to get annoying. I am a sucker for Garth Nix but come on, (Spoiler Alert), “The Evil” seriously? You couldn't get more creative than that!!? That all being said, I think students will like this series since magical powers books are still so popular. I am willing to give the next book in the series a trial run!
ELEMENTARY – OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie MLS graduate & Author.

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