My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Hello everyone, Paul R. Hewlett here with my review of award-winning author Crystal Marcos’s book Headache. But first, I’d like to thank Kathy from I Am A Reader Not A Writer for hosting the Fall into Fantasy Hop and Dorine at The Write Path for co-hosting it. I would also like to encourage everyone to check back for the upcoming Spooktacular Giveaway Hop October 24-31. All US & Canada residents be sure to enter to win an autographed paperback copy of Headache in the rafflecopter form below. Check out the other great giveaways on the family friendly blogs in the linky below too. If you can’t wait to see if you are a winner, feel free to click on the image to the left. It will take you to Amazon for purchase at Crystal’s special 99 cent pricing now through October 23rd!
Now onto the review! Peter has just returned from an amazing adventure, and things are now back to normal. Or are they? As Peter heads off to school for an uneventful day, he has no idea the Candonite children Joe and Angela have followed him to his home town, and they aren’t the only ones to show up! The adventure continues as the villain they thought they had escaped and hoped to never see again has come to their home town.
Award-winning author Crystal Marcos has done it again. Join Peter and Lina in this wonderful adventure. Filled with fantastic imagery and great characters, you’ll read page after page on the edge of your seat to find out how things turn out. Will Peter find the strength to save his friends and family? Will he be able to send Joe and Angela home and the villain back where he belongs? Entertaining and humorous, this wonderful story teaches a great lesson about friendship and standing up to face one’s fears.
I enjoyed Headache. I was very happy to read more of Peter’s adventures. The story, plot and dialogue is great for ages seven and up. Crystal Marcos has provided another super middle grade book.
What I liked most: I really, really like the main character Peter. I loved him in Bellyache and again in Headache. I also love Peter and Lina’s relationship. They are truly best friends. Peter is a great character, he is very courageous and brave, but also very much a young boy. A great example is Peter’s fear that Lina’s little brother Henry will pull the heads off of his action figures. This happens right in the middle of a very tense moment, loosening things up and reminding us that Peter is still just a little boy. I also loved the exciting intro. The image of Joe and Angela creeping around in disguises is very amusing. I won’t give them away but I was quite amused picturing the disguises on the Candonite children. Ms. Marcos does a wonderful job of mixing in these light hearted moments to keep the readers entertained throughout the book. I also can’t stress the fantastic imagery enough. Lollipop tropical fish, gummy guppies, Mr. Maxwell the brilliant purple gumball Candonite, need I say more? Kids of all ages will love this.
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