Book review: The League of Seven by Alan Gratz

18490612I recently finished a book I picked up at the SCBWI Carolinas regional conference last month: The League of Seven by Alan Gratz. I enjoyed it so much that I had to share.

While The League of Seven is marketed to middle grade readers, I think it will appeal to readers of any age who enjoy a good adventure involving robots, ray guns, steampunk, dirigibles, and alternate  history.

The parents of our hero, Archie Dent, are “Septemberists” — a secret society dedicated to protecting the world against giant monsters known as the Mangleborn. When Archie’s parents and the rest of the Septemberists are compromised by Manglespawn — monster minions created by Mangleborn — Archie must find a way to save them. Along the way he makes friends, battles frightening creatures and evil robots, and even meets Thomas Edison.

While there’s plenty of action, The League of Seven is also filled with puzzles, wonderful characters, and plenty of humor. Adult readers will appreciate Gratz’s treatment of Edison, Nikolas Tesla, and a steampunk version of Nigerian email scams (hint: It involves pneumatic tubes). And there’s plenty more where that came from.

The League of Seven is perfect for the imaginative 12-year-old in your life — even if it happens to be your inner one. I can’t wait for the sequel!

 

 

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