Middle Grade Review: Penumbras by Braden Bell


Penumbras by Braden Bell
Age Range: 9 and up

Series: Middle School Magic #2

Paperback: 320 pages

Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (July 9, 2013)

Language: English

Genre: Fantasy

Source: Author for review

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Conner, Lexa, and Melanie are back! Just when they think life is normal
again, a dangerous shadow creature begins to hunt them. The trio must
develop their powers in order to conquer this new peril and protect
their school. Filled with action and even more magic, this book
continues the exciting adventure in the Middle School Magic series.

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About the Author:

Braden Bell holds a Ph.D. in educational theatre from New York
University. He and his family live on a quiet, wooded lot in Tennessee,
where he teaches middle school theatre and music. An experienced
performer, Braden enjoys singing, acting, reading, gardening, and long
walks with the dog.


My Thoughts:

This is the second book in the Middle School a Magic series and I have
to say that it was much like the first. I mean that in a positive way. I
really enjoyed the first book and I was happy to see the second book
follow in the same vein.

In this installment we see Conner, Lexa, and Melanie progress in their
Mage training. The game has changed and the Stalker is back on their
trail, so their training is even more urgent than before. They learn
more about how the Light works and are able to tap into their individual
Gifts more and more. Secrets and romance emerge as the kids become more
in tune with their abilities.

Filled with the same action packed sequences and humor that abounded in
the first installment, Penumbras is a thrill to read. Middle grade and
teen readers alike will enjoy this series.

Content: Clean

Cover: As with the first book’s cover, I’m not a huge fan of this one. I
think the book is much more interesting that the cover suggests.


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