Marvelous Middle Grade Monday
Shannon 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. Others who can be counted on for a great MMGM review each week:
- Joanne Fritz @ My Brain on Books
- Ben Langhinrchs @ My Comfy Chair
- Sherrie Petersen @ Write About Now
- Brooke Favero @ Somewhere in the Middle
- Myrna Foster @ Night Writer
- Ally Beecher @ Kid Lit Frenzy
- Barbara Watson @ Novel and Nouveau
- Deb Marshall @ Just Deb!
- Anita Laydon Miller's Middle Grade Blog
The Hound of Rowanby Henry H. Neff
MAX MCDANIELS LIVES a quiet life in the suburbs of Chicago, until the day he stumbles upon a mysterious Celtic tapestry. Many strange people are interested in Max and his tapestry. His discovery leads him to Rowan Academy, a secret school where great things await him.
But dark things are waiting, too. When Max learns that priceless artworks and gifted children are disappearing, he finds himself in the crossfire of an ancient struggle between good and evil. To survive, he'll have to rely on a network of agents and mystics, the genius of his roommate, and the frightening power awakening within him.
This is a fantastic series. I read it on the train when I went home for my step-father's funeral recently, and it vaulted straight to the top of my favorites list. There are three books so far, and I may die before book 4 is released.
The world-building in this series is incredible, as are the utterly lovable and complex characters. It has a Harry Potter flavor at times, but in a good way. The plot thickens with each book, to the point that you can't stop thinking about it. The end of book three caught me so unprepared that I actually said OUT LOUD (which really disturbed my hubby), "Well, played author, well played."
I could rave for days about this particular series! Trust me, and read it!!