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Publisher's Note:

A magical new series from Pseudonymous Bosh, the bestselling author of the Secret Series Magic is BAD. As in fake. Cheesy. Unreal. At least, that's what Clay, who has seen one magic show too many, thinks. When words from his journal appear mysteriously on his school wall as graffiti, he never imagines that magic might be to blame. And when the same graffiti lands him at Earth Ranch, a cam…

Bad Magic

by Pseudonymous Bosh

Overall Book Review:

Bad Magic by Pseudonymous Bosh is the first book in the author’s new series.  It begins as a contemporary middle grade book, evolves into a perplexing mystery, and ends as something altogether different.  The author is masterful at keeping not only the protagonist guessing, but also the reader.

Stylistically, the wall between the narrator and the reader is down, with charming and dry-humored narrator footnotes providing a high degree of entertainment and a feeling of conspiratorial intimacy with the author.  Middle grade readers may not pick up on all the hidden references to other literary works, such as The Lord of the Flies, but they will be well-versed in The Tempest by the book’s conclusion.  Brief chapters and illustrations make the book a quick read and with a skateboarding, independent, cool male protagonist, this book should appeal to both young female and male readers.

Review of an Advance Reader Copy provided by the Publisher for Review


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  2 scatological words.

Violence/Gore:  Bully threatens and pushes another; report of deaths in past due to accidents and disasters; character hits head and is rendered unconscious; character shows up with the “bloody carcass” of a wild pig that he speared; verbal threat to kill; character suffers minor injuries such as scrapped knees, etc.

Sex/Nudity:  Reference to a make-out party; comment that a member of the opposite sex is good-looking; a character refers to his “moms.”

Mature Subject Matter:

None

Alcohol / Drug Use:

None

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
3
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
2
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
2
10

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An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!