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Editorial Book Review: by Chelsey McQuitty
If you enjoy stories like X-Men (especially the series based around the mutants as teens) and Sky High, then Grady Whill is going to be a series that speaks to you.
This book is about a young man who has lost so much in his life. He lives with his uncle and the two barely scrape by. However, times quickly change for him when he, along with his best friend and current enemy, is accepted into an exclusive and mysterious new school that opens Grady up to his true potential.
The main character, Grady Whill, is incredibly well-written. He approaches his problems in the same manner a teenager would, which makes the story feel real. He isn’t certain of himself, which is amplified by his lack of knowledge of his past (namely his loss of his parents at a very young age). His impatience gets the best of him, but he still manages to learn and grow although his thought process isn’t always accepting of his lessons. As the book progresses, it is interesting to witness his growth. It almost feels as if a friend looking in on his changes.
The author has a knack for creating well-developed characters. In this book, we mostly get to know Grady and his best friend, but you can see the character development of many of Grady’s new friends and enemies also developing. So, I look forward to learning more about these interesting characters in the next book of the series.
One of my favorite things about this book is the author’s ability to offer strong descriptions that truly make everything come to life. Templeton Academy is a totally unique experience, and the descriptions really help to make the image of the school solid. There is so much mystery and magic within the school, which is elevated by the author’s ability to paint such a vibrant picture for audiences.
I feel that readers will definitely be hooked on the plot as it is hard to figure out what is going to happen next. In fact, just like the main character, readers have no idea what to expect of Templeton. Readers are left with so many questions to make the next book all the more anticipated. What is Codex? When will the characters’ powers be truly revealed? Who can Grady trust? What is going on with this alternate universe? There is so much to this book which makes it exciting to think of what could possibly happen next.
I can’t wait to learn more about Grady’s family and to see what his sophomore year has in store for him and the students at Templeton.
About the Author Carole P. Roman Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of over fifty children's books. Whether it's pirates, princesses, spies, or discovering the world around us, her books have enchanted educators, parents, and her diverse audience of children of all ages.
Her best-selling book, The Big Book of Silly Jokes for Kids: 800+ Jokes! has reached number one on Amazon in March of 2020 and has remained in the top 200 books since then.
She published Mindfulness for Kids with J. Robin Albertson-Wren.
Carole has co-authored two self-help books. Navigating Indieworld: A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing with Julie A. Gerber, and Marketing Indieworld with both Julie A. Gerber and Angela Hausman.
Roman is the CEO of a global transportation company, as well as a practicing medium.
She also writes adult fiction under the name Brit Lunden and has created an anthology of the mythical town of Bulwark, Georgia with a group of indie authors.
Writing is her passion and one of her favorite pastimes. Roman reinvents herself frequently, and her family calls her the 'mother of reinvention.' She resides on Long Island, near her children and grandchildren.