FICTION

The Oddmire, Book 1: Changeling

Algonquin. (Oddmire: Bk. 1). Jul. 2019. 272p. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781616208394.
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Gr 3-7–Two brothers, Tinn and Cole, raised as twins by their mother on the edge of the Wild Wood, grew up with rumors that one of them is actually a goblin changeling brought to the human world to be exchanged for a human child. The boys are inseparable and take great pleasure in fatiguing their mom with their wild antics. One day, however, Tinn and Cole receive a letter saying that the changeling must return to the goblin horde or everything in the Wild Wood will die. And so begins their quest to save the horde (and themselves), and stave off the “lots of death” promised in the letter sent to them. Along the way they meet all manner of magical creatures and travel through a part of American folklore resting on the edge of unbelievable. Fans of Michael Buckley’s “Sisters Grimm” novels will delight in this fast-paced, page-turning fantasy. Those who love the magical universe will look forward to reading the young adult “Jackaby” series by the same author.
VERDICT A must-buy for any collection and a title that will lead readers to other classic titles used as source material.–Wayne R. Cherry, Jr., St. Pius X High School, Houston, TX

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