Title: Bad Magic Author: Pseudonymous Bosch (Raphael Simon)
Rating: 🍉 (36/50)
Age range: 4th-6th grade
Clay, 12 years old doesn’t like to attract attention. He slouches in his chair. He hides his face in a comic book or skateboard magazine. He wears a black hoodie, even on warm days. So far, he’s spend most of his Middle School year staying “under the radar” and surviving the experience in general.
Once words from his journal suspiciously appear on the school wall as graffiti, Clay’s worst nightmares come true. Soon, everyone at school is pointing fingers and whispering about him behind his back. He gets in big trouble with his teacher and his parents who don’t even take him to the dentist aren’t much of a help. But worst of all, he is forced to attend Earth Ranch, a summer camp for “troubled youth” recommended by his teacher.
But at Earth Ranch, Clay encounters one strange surprise after another, until he no longer knot to expect. Is he really talking to a llama? Did he seriously see a ghost? What’s the scary secret hidden in the abandoned library? Why is Flint after him? The only thing for certain is that behind all the eerie vog (volcanic smog) Earth Ranch is nothing as it seems.
Can he solve the deadly riddle of Earth Ranch before trouble erupts?
Thoughts (for when you’re done reading, contains spoilers)
What a big surprise! I never would have guessed that all the people in Earth Ranch were actually actors!
My favorite character was Liera. I just liked her personality, whether she was acting or not.
My favorite part was when Clay surfed off of the vcanic ash and walked on the hot coals to save Mira and the library.
Though everyone at Earth Ranch were actors, the book was still authentic. Clay not only proves how brave and quick on his feet he is to Earth Ranch, but himself as well.
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