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Finding new books for the boys is tough. We go through spurts of finding good content to read and feeling like there’s nothing out there for their age group. I had the pleasure of meeting Brian Wells who was telling me about his book The League and the Lantern (that sounded too good to be true).
“AFTER A DISASTROUS SIXTH GRADE, Jake Herndon is anxiously awaiting his Big Do-Over, starting with his new school’s notorious seventh grade sleepover. Awkward team-building games and forced fun quickly become the least of his problems, however, when a dangerous organization invades and the night takes a shocking turn. Jake and two new classmates, Lucy and TJ, barely escape, only to find themselves in a fight for survival on the streets of Chicago. Over the next 48 hours they unravel a mystery dating back to the Civil War and an incredible secret about Jake s family.
Full of unforgettable characters and unexpected twists, The League and the Lantern is a jaw-dropping ride of mind-bending revelations and laugh-out-loud humor. If Jake and his new friends can make it through this weekend, they just might have a shot at seventh grade.
In this debut novel, family television executive producer and dad Brian Wells has created an epic, rip-roaring comedy adventure that is also about courage, family and friendship. The result is an engaging mix of great characters, crackling wit and unexpected twists that 9- to 14-year-olds, entertainment executives and family groups are applauding.
Wells works from the belief that great entertainment is driven by memorable characters and imaginative writing, and it shows. The League and The Lantern delivers all of this and more without objectionable language or inappropriate themes. Throw in a plot that traces back to real historical figures and you ve got what some are calling Percy Jackson meets National Treasure.
As an extra bonus, the book also invisibly weaves in 140 of the top vocabulary words for middle school success. A free downloadable study guide is available on the book’s website.“
Percy Jackson meets National Treasure? Ok, you’ve definitely got my boys’ interest! We got our books and the boys were skeptical, but couldn’t put them down. This book is funny, current but not in a pushy obnoxious way and just all around a great book. We’re SO ready for the next one!
Here’s what the boys thought:
“I like the history elements and humor and really like the pop culture references and how they don’t feel too forced. I would recommend it to my friends (and already have)!” Parker – 13
“The characters are awesome. I like how they are different from each other.” Colton – 11
This is the perfect summer read and we’ll be taking some to the local library to because I definitely want to make sure it’s available to other kids. I have a feeling this book will catch on in popularity, it’s just that type of book (and that good).
Brian was so awesome to offer me a few books to give away. I’ll be giving away 2 here and 1 each on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. If you don’t want to wait you can buy it on The League and the Lantern site – right now they’re giving away a copy to a child in need for every copy sold on their site.
You’ll also want to check out their site because it has a lot of great bonus content and info!
To enter here to win one of 2 copies just leave me a comment telling me who you think would love this book.
I’ll draw 2 winners June 24th, 2016! (one comment per person please) Then keep an eye on my social media for more chances to win!