/ 2014

Recently Read | The Quantum League: Spell Robbers

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The Quantum League: Spell Robbers | Written by Matthew J. Kirby

I posted my obligatory review over at granitemedia.org.  I gave it 4/5 stars, which is maybe a little generous, but I feel it has young reader appeal and it is a necessary addition to all of our libraries.  Kirby is a local author and his prior books have been popular in our schools, and this book will perhaps be even more accessible to a wider range of young readers than his previous books because of its contemporary setting.

I didn’t like Spell Robbers quite as much as  Icefall and The Lost Kingdom.  I was thrilled to read both of those titles recently; both are strong but subtle stand-alone titles without easy comparisons in recent middle grade literature. (If you know of easy comparisons to those books, do please share them with me in the comments because I want to know!) Spell Robbers still hints at the unique atmospheres and coming-of-age psychological struggles that Kirby excels at (I don’t think you forget those skills once you’ve learned them) but it is just a far more conventional-feeling contemporary action/adventure, and that just isn’t as exciting to me.  I think Kirby was going for a streamlined, action-centered approach here, and I think he mostly succeeds in doing it.  I just prefer the idiosyncrasies of his earlier books.  I’m not quite the target audience, though, so…

I still think I’ll be following everything that Kirby puts out in the future.  I like his style, and I have an affinity for the way he crafts books.  He writes the kinds of books I wish I would write, hope to write someday.