Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand Review & Giveaway

Hi, everyone, it’s Sher today with a review for a fun middle grade I couldn’t resist reading. So let’s get on with the magic/science show!



Welcome to my tour stop for Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand by R.S. Mellette. This is an upper middle grade, lower young adult sci-fi adventure novel that’s perfect for the whole family. This tour runs Feb. 9-20th with reviews and interviews. Check out the tour page for more information.


About the Book:


Billy Bobble Version 4“E = mc2 is no longer the most powerful force in the universe. Your wand is.”


 Twelve-year-old Billy and his best friend Suzy Quinofski didn’t mean to change the universe. Billy, a quantum physics prodigy, just wanted to find a way to help his hoarding, schizophrenic mother – and maybe impress a coven of older girls in high school.Suzy, his intellectual equal, wanted to help her friend and cling to her last remnant of childhood, a belief in magic. Together they made Billy a real, working, magic wand, and opened a door to the Quantum World where thoughts create reality, and all things – good and bad – are possible.


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Now for my review:


Billy Bobble Makes A Magic WandBilly Bobble Makes A Magic Wand by R.S. Mellette

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I knew when I read the blurb that I wanted to read this book in spite of a huge TBR pile; it spoke to my inner geek. Mixing science with magic made me “curioser and curioser,” yet the cover would have drawn me in if the idea hadn’t. Poor Suzy Quinofski, put in the (spoiler) room post (spoiler event) to explain fellow genius Billy Bobble’s magic wand (not a spoiler). The whole sequence of disastrous events comes out in a way to build sympathy for the two best friends, bully victims of multiple groups of older teens in high school. When the cops wonder if Billy intentionally (spoiler event), strange things happen, and that’s all I’m telling about the plot except that it gets interesting fast.

As for characterization, I was happy that Suzy had supportive parents, a rarity in kid lit these days. Too bad Billy didn’t have a dad. But at least his schizophrenic Mom and trouble-prone older brother improved later in the story, so there’s hope. I liked the witty dialog even though I think some of it will go over tweens’ heads.

Thanks to good characterization and storytelling, I had no trouble picking up where I left off. When I found time to read again almost a month later, I got right back into the story. That’s remarkable for me. Part of the reason is well-described scenes, the kind that made a movie in my head, and another is imaginative world building. I loved that other world and its characters. It helped that the author didn’t introduce too many at once for my short-term memory to hold.

The book wasn’t perfect. As an editor, I found the worst distractions were comma splices and point of view changes within the same scene. Kids won’t notice either. However, tweens/teens won’t identify with the adult points of view. The science stuff may be an obstacle for some kids, but I think most who pick up the book in the first place will either skip over it or accept it. By the end of the book, they’ll want more story.

I’m glad the story wraps up – I dislike cliffhanger endings with too many loose ends. It’s nice that when one story arc completes, another dangerous puzzle starts the next. Overall, I give 4 stars to Billy Bobbie Makes A Magic Wand for adults and 4.5 for tweens. No content warnings except that the average 9-year-old and younger won’t get it unless someone older explains. Those like me (who hid under the bed to read Lord of the Rings at age 9) and older teens should enjoy this series a lot. Science and magic make an explosive mix I’d like to shake me up again. I was provided a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Author: 
R.S. Mellette has written, directed, designed and acted in theatre, film, television, and publishing for over 30 years. His credits in various jobs include XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS, NUTTY PROFESSOR II: THE KLUMPS, BLUE CRUSH, and his own JACKS OR BETTER, which won Dances With Films Best Screenplay award in 2000. He has been working with the festival ever since.
His novel, Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand, released in December 2014 from Elephant’s Bookshelf Press. For novelists, Mellette blogs for From The Write Angle. For filmmakers, he writes for Dances With Films.
 Also find him on AmazonGoodreadsTwitter and Facebook.
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  1. I’m glad you enjoyed this! Thank you so much for hosting a tour stop!

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