A magical new series from Pseudonymous Bosh, the bestselling author of the Secret Series
Magic is BAD.
As in fake. Cheesy. Unreal. At least, that's what Clay, who has seen one magic show too many, thinks.
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When words from his journal appear mysteriously on his school wall as graffiti, he never imagines that magic might be to blame. And when the same graffiti lands him at Earth Ranch, a camp for "troubled" kids on a remote volcanic island, magic is the last thing he expects to find there.
But at Earth Ranch, there is one strange surprise after another, until Clay no longer knows what to expect. Is he really talking to a llama? Did he really see a ghost? What is the scary secret hidden in the abandoned library? The only thing he knows for sure is that behind the clouds of vog (volcanic smog), nothing is as it seems. Can he solve the riddle of Earth Ranch before trouble erupts?
Elusive author Pseudonymous Bosch introduces an extraordinary new series that will have you believing in the unbelievable.
|Publisher||Little, Brown Books for Young Readers|
|Publication Date||Sep 22, 2015|
"Gr 3–7—Bosch here begins a humorous trilogy centered on Clay, a wiggly, almost-13-year-old boy whose older brother, Max Ernest, is a magician gone missing. The older boy has soured Clay's interest in sleight-of-hand and card tricks. When the soon-to-be teen is falsely accused of writing, "Magic Sucks" on a wall, Clay's psychologist parents arrange a summer stay at a volcanic island camp called Earth Ranch. Once at the cloud-shrouded island, he finds a quirky camp with odd counselors and kids, plus llamas and rules enforced by guard bees. With elements of Shakespeare's The Tempest sprinkled throughout the tale, Clay discovers a ghostly girl, an abandoned library, and an eccentric custodian. Curious questions continue to emerge until Clay finally uncovers the true, but not evil, nature of the camp. Narrator Joshua Swanson creates identifiable personalities for all the characters. The sound quality is excellent, but the commercial packaging will need reinforcing before circulation. A PDF of Gilbert Ford's illustrations can expand student engagement with this upbeat title that is likely to intrigue upper elementary and middle school readers."—Barbara Wysocki, formerly with Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT