Tuesday, May 8, 2018

AbrakaPOW by Isaiah Campbell - ESSENTIAL

Campbell, Isaiah AbrakaPOW, 391 pages. Simon and Schuster Books For Young Readers, 2016. $17. Language: G (0 swears 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG13.

Max is a amateur magician who moves with her mother and father from Brooklyn to Texas. Her father works for the army during World War II and is put in charge of a P.O.W. camp. Max becomes enemies with a trio of girls and joins The Gremlins, a group of social misfits, and befriends a Nazi prisoner named Felix. When her father offers her a chance to perform for the Nazi prisoners everything goes wrong. Her final disappearing act makes eleven prisoners vanish. Max and her friends then go on an adventure to find all the prisoners so she will not have to go and stay with her grandma. Max and the Gremlins come up with clever plans to catch the prisoners while dealing with the troublesome trio of girls.

I loved all the plot twists that have you stumped until the end of the book. It is so cool how the author really makes the book come alive with all of his details. I loved how Max's pet ferret, Houdini, shows you how to do the magic tricks that Max performs in an easy step by step walkthrough.

EL - ESSENTIAL 7th Grade Student Reviewer OJ

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