Publisher's Note:  

A magical crime saga filled with marvelous thrills, high action, and extraordinary adventure, from critically acclaimed author Matthew J. Kirby.

After Ben Warner is recruited to join a "science camp" led by the eccentric quantum physicist Dr. Madeleine Hughes, he quickly realizes it's no regular science camp. Along with his new friend, Peter, Ben discovers the secret, powerful art of Actuation -- the ability to change reality by simply imagining it differently.

When a mysterious group of men invade Dr. Hughes's laboratory, abducting her and stealing her precious equipment, Ben and Peter are suddenly caught up in a turf war between dangerous actuators desperate for Dr. Hughes's innovative technology. And as Ben and Peter are pulled into a perilous, hidden world full of impossibilities now made possible, will their combined powers be enough to save Dr. Hughes and vanquish their enemies before it's too late?

From Edgar Award-winning author Matthew J. Kirby comes a fast-paced, boldly imagined tale of friendship, deadly adventure, and the infinite power of imagination.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Scholastic Press (A Scholastic Imprint)

The Quantum League Book 1: Spell Robbers

by Matthew J. Kirby

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Author Matthew J. Kirby slams another home run in The Quantum League: Spell Robbers.  Mixing science fiction and fantasy, magic and quantum mechanics, Kirby takes the genre to another level.  At first, with an abrupt beginning and a marginally slow start, the plot appears to be disappointingly formulaic—though enjoyable—but enough twists and turns bring the reader to the understanding that this story could truly go anywhere and be anything.  Mysterious villains, ambiguous heroes, likeable characters, superpowers based in scientific principles, hints at conspiracy, and surprises around every corner:  what’s not to love? 

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Profanity/Language: 1 mild obscenity.


Violence/Gore:  Fantasy violence: several instances of characters being knocked out by lightning bolts/fireballs, etc. (no casualties); destroyed property; verbal threats against characters.


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Reviewed By Kristen
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