SCRAM: Society of Creatures Real and Magical

First Second. Jul. 2024. 224p. Tr $22.99. ISBN 9781250851949.
Gr 4 Up–Jenny forms a group called S.C.R.A.M. (Society of Creatures Real and Magical) with friends Emiko and Brian. Jenny is fascinated by magical creatures and spends a lot of time in the local library trying to find information about them. Her heart is set on meeting a troll, and this begins a fast-paced, funny, silly, and cute adventure. Along the way, the kids learn how not every creature is what they expect them to be. The book makes sure to highlight that as future authors, it’s important the kids get their facts correct about the creatures they meet so that their own book can help to set the record straight. The colorful artwork contains lots of laughs and slapstick action, which will draw in even reluctant readers. Bonus content at the end features the book that the S.C.R.A.M. members created together. This book-within-a-book ties an adorable bow around the rest of the story.
VERDICT An entertaining graphic novel with a strong heart; for fans of stories about magical journeys, identity, growing closer to friends, and growing up.

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