Travis Daventhorpe Powers Up!

First Second. (Travis Daventhorpe for the Win!: Bk. 2). Mar. 2024. 288p. Tr $22.99. ISBN 9781250801425.
Gr 3-6–Travis Daventhorpe is back after a science fair to remember in this second volume. Belazar, a mage and multiversal mentor, steadfastly believes that Travis is the Hero of Solusterra, but it’s a hard sell for a kid who gets knocked from his clothes during gym. Joined by his friend Juniper Reyes and his robot Travbot, Travis must tap into his potential before time runs out and the evil ruler Nol Invictus can carry out his Rogue plan to invade Travis’s town and take the Sword of Legends. Molebash takes on weighty topics, including conflicts between science and faith. The writing is fun, with fast-paced dialogue and gaming tropes that will delight. Bright, colorful illustrations will keep readers hooked, with pop culture winks sprinkled throughout. Molebash makes his story accessible to all with likable characters that grow with each story and exciting adventure plots. This second entry can stand on its own but is better enjoyed by those who have read the first book.
VERDICT A power-up that keeps the action going while holding just enough back to whet appetites for the next book.

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