It's Valentine's Day, so I am dedicating this Marvelous Middle Grade Monday review to my favorite author crush, James Dashner. Oh, how I love his books--all of them.
Every. Single. One.
This post is for you, James!!
Marvelous Middle Grade MondayShannon Whitney Messenger decided it was time to give middle grade stories the attention they deserve, and "Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays" was born. I couldn't resist being a part of such brilliance.
The Jimmy Fincher Saga
by the oh-so-wonderful
Goodreads Blurb: (book #1, A Door in the Woods)
What begins as a summer-day climb up his favorite tree quickly takes an ugly turn for poor Jimmy Fincher, as he witnesses something that turns his perception of reality upside-down. When the perpetrator of the act notices Jimmy in the tree, the ensuing adventures explode into a torrent of suspense and excitement.
The next month of Fincher's life includes an ancient legend come to life, a conspiracy of madmen decades old, strange portals to other worlds, villains named everything from Raspy to Shadow Ka—and behind it all is the old wooden door in the forest by Jimmy's home. There, something wondrous awaits.
Knowing how I feel about *sigh* James Dashner, this review probably comes as no surprise to most of you. The simple fact that this series was written by my beloved James should be enough, but for those of you a bit more finicky about the reasons for reading or recommending a book, I'll expand.
One thing I love about this series (and The Thirteenth Reality series) is the family dynamics. In fact, one of my very favorite things about The Thirteenth Reality books is the relationship Tick has with his dad. It's wonderful to read an MG series with a close and loving family.
Also, the Jimmy Fincher series includes all the things MG kids (especially boys, but not only) will love: tween humor, adventure, magic, other worlds, creatures...
I've read several less-than-glowing reviews *bares fangs and growls* on Goodreads, but they are wrong about this book's appeal for young readers (not to mention evil for being mean to my James).
Trust me when I tell you that young readers of fantasy will LOVE this series. It's not Maze or Scorch. It's not meant to be. The voice and style are so different that fans of Maze would never know it was the same author.
So . . . what are you waiting for? Hop over to your favorite bookstore and spoil
yourselfyour kids with the whole series! Then you can LOVE James Dashner like I doeven more than you do now.
AND . . . to sweeten the deal and further convince you that all things James = wonderful, I am giving away a copy of A Door in the Woods to one lucky follower. Just leave a comment on this post before Friday
Happy Valentine's Day!