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Author: Bosch, Pseudonymous
First book--Thirteen-year-old Clay, a boy who no longer believes in magic, tags graffiti on his classroom wall and, as punishment, is sent to a camp for wayward kids located on a volcanic island, where eccentric campmates abound, a ghost walks among the abandoned ruins of a mansion, and a dangerous force threatens to erupt with bad magic.
Bad Books, 1
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.20
Points: 9.0 Quiz: 169294
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 4.50
Points: 13.0 Quiz: 64941
Kirkus Reviews (05/15/14)
School Library Journal (10/01/14)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/11/14)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 10/01/2014 Gr 4–6—Bosch is back with a novel that's part mystery, part adventure. This series opener features sixth grader Clay, the younger brother of the hero from Bosch's popular "Secret" books (Little, Brown). After an incident with some graffiti, Clay finds himself spending his summer at Earth Ranch, a camp for delinquent youth on a remote volcanic island. While at camp, Clay encounters a motley crew of eccentric kids; a llama that understands Spanish; a mysterious library; and, perhaps, even a bit of magic. Bosch employs, to great effect, his signature irreverence and hilarity packed into parenthetical asides and footnotes. The end result is a wacky, suspenseful mashup of Shakespeare's The Tempest and a summer camp tale that is a delight to read. Bad Magic is a clever and playful novel. An excellent addition to middle grade fiction collections.—Amy Koester, Skokie Public Library - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.