Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Science Fiction
What did you like about the book? This action-packed adventure kicks off the start of a new series from the author of The Unwanted. In this new series magic is replaced by science. Twelve year-old Charlie Wilde is unhappy about moving from Chicago to Arizona with her doctor mom, science professor dad, and younger brother. It’s hard making new friends in middle school, but she is looking forward to trying out for the soccer team. While she was packing for the move, Charlie found a package on her front porch. Opening it in Arizona she finds what she believes to be a high-tech fitness watch. She soon finds out that this device gives her the power of various animals, including the speed of a cheetah and the strength of an elephant. Charlie has no idea who gave the device to her or how to control it. She enlists the help of classmates Maria and Mac and soon all three find themselves in grave danger. Someone wants the device back and will stop at nothing to get it. The book includes four black paged sections that give the reader some insight into the mystery. The full-page black and white illustrations bring the characters to life. Readers will be eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No.
To whom would you recommend this book? Fans of McMann’s The Unwanted series will enjoy this new sci-fi title. Hand it to readers who enjoyed the Animorphs series.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries and middle school libraries
Where would you shelve it? Fictions
Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 1/6/17