In this first book of the new series, Jake is getting ready to being 7th grade. 6th grade was not a good year, and he's ready for a fresh start at a new school. Before he can even make it to the orientation lock-in, disaster strikes. Jake tries to shake off the embarrassing incident and arrives late to the lock-in. Within a couple of hours, everything goes awry. He finds himself with 2 new friends, Lucy and TJ, and they are on the run from bad guys with big connections. As things continue to unravel, Jake and his new friends must decide if there is anyone they can trust.
Apple read the book first and had this to say:
"I really like all the twists. When I thought I had something figured out, the opposite would happen, but it still made sense. I like how realistic the story felt. I could imagine it all happening in my own hometown. I thought Lucy was really funny. Since I studied Latin this year, I really liked that there were Latin words in the book. I tried to decipher them before the book translated them. There were lots of funny parts in the book. My favorite character was TJ because he was hilarious. I would LOVE to read other books from this series. My copy was signed and numbered by the author. That makes it feel like such a special book!"
I think you can tell she liked the book! She's always looking for new books to read, and she gets frustrated because there are so many books out there with questionable material. I read The League and the Lantern as well, and I was so impressed with the story. It was a very clean book. There is violence but no adult innuendo or situations. Although the main characters are 2 boys and 1 girl, there was really no romantic aspect in the story line. I appreciate that because my 11 year old doesn't need romance in an adventure novel.
I found the book to be exciting. There were certainly several twists and turns. Beyond entertainment, this book does contain large vocabulary, and as Apple mentioned, it even has some Latin in it. The three young characters interact in a very real manner, and the book includes several lessons on friendship and trust. While the characters couldn't trust every adult they encountered, this book didn't include direct disobedience to parents or authority figures like so many books do. The kids were on a whirlwind adventure but made moral choices most of the time.
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