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Rise of the Shadow Stealers by Daniel Ingram-Brown
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it was amazing
bookshelves: middle-grade

A Potteresque fantasy with an ensemble cast, RISE OF THE SHADOW STEALERS is an imaginative novel with an interesting premise—the students at school are learning to be characters in stories (hero, adventurer, underdog, snob, etc.). There's a nod to homeschoolers with the concept that the academy "can’t be confined to bricks and mortar.” (pg.70)

The story is focused on Scoop (female) and Fletcher (male) two apprentice Adventurers. While there are teachers and adults, it is really up to the children to solve the puzzles to save the world.

This book conveys a strong positive message without coming off as heavy-handed or formulaic.

This book has some of the richest world-building I have read!

I'd recommend this book for upper middle grade/younger YA. There is some darker content that may not be appropriate for younger readers.

I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Thanks, Net Galley, for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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October 3, 2018 – Shelved
October 5, 2018 – Shelved as: middle-grade

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