“League and the Lantern” by Brian Wells
Jake Herndon had a bad grade 6 year and he’s hoping that he can have a do-over for grade 7. However his first impression to grade 7 was a sleep over at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. On his way there he ran into some grade 8’s who found him in an embarrassing predicament. Later they started calling him by a mean nickname. Jake gets paired up with these grade 8’s as well as two more outcasts, TJ and Lucy. They aren’t like the rest of the kids at the school and they are of different races. The task was to finish a scavenger hunt. While on this hunt some kind of bomb goes off in the museum and the three are found trying to save their lives as well as solve the mystery of what is going on.
The book is very fast paced and drags you in. I didn’t want to put the book down. When the story was done I wanted to go on more adventures with Jake, TJ and Lucy and I hope there will be more books like this. I have given this book to my 10 year old daughter as I think she would love it and learn so much from it. I found that the main moral of the story is the bullying isn’t ok and you should accept others even if they are different than you. It also teaches the importance of team work even if you don’t always agree with each other.
A little side note is that I loved reading this book because it takes place in Chicago. I lived in Chicago for 7 years and I could easily picture all the places these kids were. I walked Chicago so much this book just felt alive to me.
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