Mar 05, 2017storytimekelly rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
While this is no Harry Potter, it is certainly enough of a read-alike to please kids who love adventure, magic, and young characters with the gumption and courage to take on the bad guys. A shrewder reader may be turned off by how many parallels can be drawn between J.K. Rowling's masterpiece and Bell's lesser universe, but it should satisfy most. The magical world is alive with fun details and the reader will root for the likeable characters. An advanced first or second grader might enjoy this read, save for the sometimes truly scary scenes. I would recommend this to fans of this genre, grades 3-5.