The Ominous Eye
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In the second middle grade chapter book, The Ominous Eye, Dawn, Bismark, and Tobin set out to investigate the source of a jolt that fractures the earth! Along their journey, the Nocturnal Brigade meets an unfamiliar reptilea tuatara named Polyphemawho reveals that a giant beast caused
Just like the first book, this one introduces kids to new animals (A tuatara? What the heck is that?) and scientific concepts in a really fun and engaging way.
I actually enjoyed the story in this book even more than I did in the first. Once again, our trio of unlikely heroes is trying to solve a mystery: in this case, theyre trying to discover what beast is threatening their home and why. There are some hints of the ...more
The Nocturnals: The Ominous Eye, by Tracey Hecht, is a fun, adventurous and very annoying tale. It tells the story of a sugar glider, a fox and pangolin, leaders of The Brigade and defenders of those in need. When something enters their homeland, a threatening beast, it's up to The Brigade to find out what 'it' is...
My son and I read this book together. We hadn't heard of The Nocturnals before, so we didn't know of book 1, but it didn't stop us from ...more
Reading as an adult, I found the characters distinct but a little repetitive and the story more static than I ...more
The sugar glider was a tad annoying at times, but ultimately it's a cute book with some good lessons about how to properly tackle a problem situation. Specifically, how to not let fear and hate drive your decision making--this resonates with me even more now in the wake of recent current events. Plus, you just can't go wrong ...more
The focus of the Nocturnals has always been on the strong friendship that Dawn, Tobin, and Bismark share. I like how their friendship is put to the test in this novel because it shows young readers that good friends can fight and doubt each other, but they will continue to care for each other and put in the effort to make up.
Blurs the Line Between Good and Evil
Like the first book, The Ominous Eye blurs the line between good and evil. Oftentimes, we look at someone's ...more
The characters are unusual, but the story is very predictable. Bismark's comments become annoying but perhaps students will find him funny.
This is such a cute book for middle grade readers on up or for little one to be read too. With all the different animals and a mystery that will hold the reader captive until the end when all is finally revealed. ...more
Note to Reader: This is one of Ms. Leger's favorite Middle Grade series. She seriously doubts you will find any middle school science or ELA teacher that wouldn't instantly fall in-love with The Brigade. It is adventurous and not even the teacher can predict what rare animal they will meet. These books have made a "tour" through our middle school and have had raving reviews, we haven't had one disappointed reader yet!
Reviewed by Ms. Leger:
The Brigade is back and ready to ...more
Dawn, Bismark, and Tobin have formed a team called The Night Brigade, which is devoted to protecting the animals of the night from any terrors that might arise. So when a great earthquake of ...more
The characters were fun and the story was entertaining. It was also educational, introducing animals and vocabulary that kids normally wouldn't be exposed to. Heck, I needed to look up what a tuatara is myself, as I had literally no idea such an animal exists. However, there are a lot of little things that just don't add ...more
This was a fun, talking animal story suitable for upper elementary and middle school readers. It's unusual to find a book with pangolin and tuatara characters. Most people don't know what they are. There was a good mystery to solve and plenty of suspense. I felt like I could have used a little map to figure out where the animals went in the book. I haven't read the first book. The Ominous a Eye seemed to work well as a stand ...more
I personally loved how in this book Dawn's softer, caring side was shown. Not too much to where it didn't seem like her, but just enough to where it showed that she's not a I-know-everything leader all the time.
Long story short, I can't wait for the next ...more
In 2017, she expanded the series to include early reader books, so that families could share the reading experience together. In partnership with the New York ...more