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Bad Magic (#1)

Bosch, Pseudonymous, author.

New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.

351 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.

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After the disappearance of his older brother, twelve-year-old Clay is sent to Earth Ranch, a summer camp for troubled youth located on an island with an active volcano. Once there, Clay explores the island's mysterious magical happenings and befriends his fellow campers.

Reading Counts: Level 5.2 MG / 9.0 Points / 169294.

Lexile: 730L

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ISBN:

978-0-316-32039-9

LC Call No:

PZ7.B6484992 Bad 2015

Dewey Class No:

[Fic] 23

Author:

Bosch, Pseudonymous, author.

Title:

Bad Magic (#1).

Edition:

First paperback edition.

Physical:

351 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.

ContentType:

text rdacontent

MediaType:

unmediated rdamedia

CarrierType:

volume rdacarrier

Citation/Refs:

Horn Book Guide, 4/2015

Citation/Refs:

Library Media Connection, 5/2015

Citation/Refs:

Publishers Weekly, 7/14/2014

Citation/Refs:

School Library Journal, 10/2014

Summary:

After the disappearance of his older brother, twelve-year-old Clay is sent to Earth Ranch, a summer camp for troubled youth located on an island with an active volcano. Once there, Clay explores the island's mysterious magical happenings and befriends his fellow campers.

Target Audience:

730 Lexile.

Study Program:

Accelerated Reader AR-ATOS MG 5.2 9.0 169294.

Subject:

Magic--Fiction.

Subject:

Camps--Fiction.

AE:PersName:

Ford, Gilbert, illustrator.

Link:

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Patron Reviews

Review by Isaac Parker.
This book is about a young boy named Clay, whose older brother Max-Ernest disappeared when he was about ten. Framed for vandalism, Clay is sent off to an odd summer camp called Earth Ranch to be 'set straight'. At this camp, he befriends some of the other campers, who seem to have committed real crimes, unlike himself. An older camper takes a disliking to Clay, and Clay witnesses him using something like... magic. But magic isn't real right? Or that's what Clay used to believe. As he dives into a world of volcanic smog, a secret library, and a floating teepee, Clay discovers there is a deeper mystery than it first appears.

This book was pretty good, but in order to appreciate it fully, you have to read its parent series by the same author titled "The Secret Series". It was comedic, intriguing, but a little short. The twist at the end was kind of random, and something about the ending made it seem like it wasn't quite finished. I recommend this book for 4th grade and up. This book will be enjoyed most by people who like a good mystery and a bit of fantasy in their literature.


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