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The League and the Lantern

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  181 ratings  ·  50 reviews
The League and the Lantern is the first book in a new adventure series for middle-school readers. It all starts when a dangerous organization invades Jake Herndon’s seventh-grade sleepover. He escapes along with two new classmates, Lucy and TJ, only to face a 48-hour fight for survival on the streets of Chicago. The kids unravel a mystery dating back to the Civil War, and ...more
Hardcover, 282 pages
Published May 16th 2016 by Republic Ink
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Kate Willis
This was a pretty fun ride! I always enjoy alternate history, complex clues, and a good chase scene or two. The National Treasure vibe was especially fun. Unfortunately, there were several things that took away from my enjoyment, so this is kinda a mixed review.

Just so this ends on a positive note, I’ll save what I liked for last. ;)

Things I Disliked
1. The general attitude of the beginning. All the angst of the first day of school was meant to be funny but after a while it just seemed stretched.
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My 10 and 12 year old loved this book so much that I decided to read it as well. I have to say that this book is a favorite for me as both a reader and parent. Knowing this is an action adventure with a historical twist I was expecting the suspense and intrigue – a hybrid of National Treasure and Mission Impossible for 9-14 year olds. My kids had warned me but I found I couldn’t put the book down as each chapter ends in a cliffhanger. As a parent, how can I complain that my kids found a book the ...more
Becky Van Daniker
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh my! This book is fantastic! Fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson are going to love this one! Trust me, this just could be the next big thing. It’s awesome. It’s geared for middle schoolers (ages 9-12) but even adults will love it. Be sure to stay tuned until the very end because I’m giving away a copy!

It begins with a 12-year-old boy named Jake Herndon. He’s the kind of kid who is trying to figure out who he is and where he belongs. He’s a genius when he wants to be. It’s summer and Jake is
Kaitlyn Uffman
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really liked the book. It has a lot of exciting parts. I would totally recommend the book The League and the Lantern Sometimes at the end of a chapter it leaves you at a cliff hanger so at night it leaves you thinking what is going to happen in the next chapter. The League and the Lantern is a really big mystery. It is about this boy that goes to a back to school party at a museum in Philadelphia and the museum gets attacked because Abe Lincoln's hat and gloves are in that museum. I was really ...more
Benjamin Ellefson
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Starting seventh grade is hard to do. Especially when everything goes wrong making your first impressions to your whole school.

Jake was hoping for a Do-Over, but he is running for his life. Caught between two secret organizations, the League and the Lantern. He and two classmates don't know who to trusts and they try to stay alive while protecting historical artifacts from Abraham Lincoln.

This thrilling, action-packed book will have readers on the edge of their seats through twists and turns. It
Quinlan Dunn
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I rate the book 3 stars because I like the imagery and the action a little too much to the story line it was good at the beginning but got to a whole different level. Like one flower a day for a year sounds great until the years over and you have tons of flowers and you cant process want the heck is happening. Without spoilers I would say if you like realistic fiction thats not so realistic you will love this book. It’s a mix of a Indiana Jones book and Harry Potter you have your death defying s ...more
Evan Osweiler
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
The League and the Lantern by Brian wells is about three kids who end up being part of a secret organization known as the league. A fantastic book in all and a great story line. Not only that but in the book the Lantern (enemy of the league) has managed to clone and makes, in a way, super soldiers.

I really like the three misfits; Jake, a wrestler with not many friends, Lucy the martial artist, and comic book/movie nerd, TJ. It was a great book but some parts were really weird like the parade wit
Diana Maiorca
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an engaging book with interesting characters that is very appropriate for middle school readers or those who like a good mystery and a little Civil War history. There are lots of twists and turns in the plot, though it the book does lag in a couple of places. My kids (11 and 14) loved it. I'm looking forward to the next one in the series.
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Filled with action, adventure, a touch of sci-fi, and a rather creative take on our nation's history, The League and the Lantern is a fast-paced and fun read! One might describe it as The Princess Bride meets National Treasure in book format. This is a great read for anyone who knows what it's like to brave middle school and anyone who dares to return 😜. You won't want to put it down!
Heather Richmond
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brian Wells came to Hannah's school and shared this book with them! It is his first book and it was a page turner! I enjoyed it and couldn't put it down! Lots of action, adventure and suspense! I think both kids will love this read!!
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this one, but I just couldn’t. Every aspect was just so unreal. I read it to the kids, and wanted to stop, but one kid just loved it, so we continued to the end.
Alyssa Black
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
It’s like National Treasure meets Hydra. It was fun. Simple.
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 22, 2017 added it
I just think it is a good book that i want to read
Jill Mockler
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Wayne Walker
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Twelve year old Jake Herndon lives with his adopted uncle Gabriel (Gabe) Herndon in an apartment in a formerly fancy but now somewhat run-down hotel in downtown Chicago, IL. After a disastrous year in sixth grade, Jake is looking forward to his Big Do-Over in seventh grade at his new school, University Prep Middle School, starting with the orientation Summer’s Over Sleepover at the Museum of Science and Industry. Most of the kids have been in the program previously, but there are two other new s ...more
Lisa Johnson
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title: The League & the Lantern
Author: Brian Wells
Pages: 282
Year: 2016
Publisher: Republic Ink
My rating is 5 stars.
The League and the Lantern is a really fun book to read for the middle school crowd. It’s about a young boy named Jake Herndon who is ready for seventh grade, but things aren’t working out for him. After an embarrassing disaster with sixth grade, he hopes this new school he is going to will provide him with new opportunities and a fresh start. When he arrives at the Museum of Sci
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
I. Loved. This. Book.

C.S. Lewis once said, “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” Y’all. THIS? is a good children’s story. It’s a good adult story. It’s just a good story.

In fact, I haven’t been as captivated or entertained by a middle grade novel since the Harry Potter series. Before that it was of course The Chronicles of Narnia. And while I haven’t yet read the Percy Jackson books, what I have heard about them leads me to eas
Avery Mixon
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Late elementary readers
Supported this book on Kickstarter and received it approximately 1 week ago. I bought it with my boys (currently 10 and 8) in mind. As with a lot of books that I give them, I read through it first.
Certainly don't want to give any spoilers, but hope this review helps. It was billed as a mix between Percy Jackson and National Treasure. Having seen National Treasure several times (not because of its value as a movie, more so because it was simply entertaining), I was hoping that there would have b
Amanda Geaney
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing

The League and the Lantern is a great action/adventure book. Jake Herndon, the main character, is led through a series of wild exploits that all begin with a school sleepover. In a surprising turn of events, Jake and some new friends are on the run of their lives! With this breathtaking experience, their ways of thinking change forever.

Jake is a “normal” kid that has mismatched eyes, w
Lori Twichell
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The League and the Lantern is an exceptional adventure! I know that I’m supposed to expound on all of the characteristics of the book at this point, but I really just want to shout from the mountaintops because I’ve found a book that might interest my non-reading 11 year old son. If you’ve ever struggled with getting the young man in your life to read, this book would definitely be worth giving a try. Dare I say that it might even turn a young man into a reader? I can only hope!

Now, onto the ac
Fiction Addict
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lori-twichell
The League and the Lantern is an exceptional adventure! I know that I’m supposed to expound on all of the characteristics of the book at this point, but I really just want to shout from the mountaintops because I’ve found a book that might interest my non-reading 11 year old son. If you’ve ever struggled with getting the young man in your life to read, this book would definitely be worth giving a try. Dare I say that it might even turn a young man into a reader? I can only hope!

Now, onto the act
Teresa Kander
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
While this novel is geared toward (and written about) tweens and teens, it is also enjoyable reading for adults. It is filled with riveting action and humor, and works to reinforce character traits parents want to see develop in their children.

The story is fast-paced adventure from beginning to end. The main characters are trying to figure out who they are, where they fit in, and what they want to do with their lives. They are also children of different races, and there are boys and girls, so th
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My fourteen year old nephew read this book before me and loved it. His exact words were "That book is awesome!" That is his review in four words, and may carry more weight than mine will since he is much closer to the intended age group than I am.

And he is correct. This is an awesome book. I found the book hard to put down even though I am way beyond the age group it is written for. The author combines secret societies, history, and modern science and technology to write a rip-roaring adventur
ASC Book Reviews
Torn and Disappointed. :/ When I read the book description and the goal for this book (getting a Christian read into this particular market) I was excited and hoping for a fantastic tale. I personally found the goal fantastic, but the execution lacking. When I started the humor and the characters really carried me through the plot, and I also enjoyed the action scenes! Though even from there I was hoping and longing for more Christian content. In fact throughout the book I feel there are only a ...more
Catherine Basil
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: olivia
We could not put it down! My 9year old started reading and I stole her book at night to stay up to speed with her. Tonight we read out loud for three hours straight because we we're having so much fun!

The story reads like a screenplay, there is so much action and witty dialog, that you can literally see the movie playing out in your mind. The history lessons are woven throughout in a way that's intriguing and makes you want to learn more, not In a way that weighs down the action. I've never read
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Can 3 seventh-graders save the day?

Obviously I'm not exactly the target age for this book, but....sometimes it's fun to pop out the norm and just go for it.
The League And The Lantern is a book that I would have totally loved as a tween and I still got totally into the story even as an adult reader. It is wild, action-packed adventure sure to keep readers of any page breathlessly turning the pages as fast as they can.
Another thing I have to say is that this is one beautiful book, it's hardcover
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book inspires reading by providing a fun adventure for the reader to jump right into. It also teaches a lot of history which your kids won’t even realize they are learning by including 140 different vocabulary words and using historic sites as the settings throughout the story.

I love that it is full of fun and clean morals. As well as learning about relationships with family and friends. This story teaches compassion and mercy and how to get along with those who are different than you. All
Jennifer Blank
I read this book based on a recommendation from a friend. While this book took me a little while to get into, once I did, I could not put it down! It was a page turner! I loved how much action there was as well as suspense, especially at the end of each chapter making me want to read more. While this book is too advanced for my readers (I am a primary/elementary reading specialist), it is perfect for 5th grade and up. Aside from the great action, I love the characters the author developed. They ...more
Diana Montgomery
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am very impressed number one reason that it is to help children see characters in a positive way not always dark and sinister. Good clean reading. I started reading when my 5 year old granddaughter was with me and she loved it. It kept her attention. I didn't have to worry about what was being said or done in the book. This book kept my attention and always something going on a page flipper and a big adventure. I know the book is geared for teens but this book can be for so many more. Even adu ...more
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