Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Boy Who Knew Everything by Victoria Forester - OPTIONAL

Forester, Victoria The Boy Who Knew Everything, 406 pages.  Feiwel (Macmillan), 2015.  $16.  Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (mild).

Piper and Conrad are back on Piper’s family farm, living a fairly quiet life, until the ennui gets to Conrad and he realizes that he needs to control the training and rescue work of the whole group of super-powered friends before they all get into real trouble.  These activities keep the group motivated and active, until enemies come in the form of Conrad’s mother arrives and asks for his help in finding his missing little sister. 

Why does Forester take her book in such an odd direction?  The second half of the book feels as if it is from an entirely separate series and contains a villain larger and more dangerous than either Letitia Hellion or Conrad’s father.  The abrupt change in characters and focus was so wrenching for me that I had to reread both books in the series quickly in order to make my brain believe what I had just read.  If this were the first book in the series, I would have given it a NO.

EL, MS – OPTIONAL.  Cindy, Library teacher

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