From the book: “Billy Smith is having a rough first day of high school. The new kid at exclusive Francis Drake Prep, Billy embarrasses himself in front of fiery, beautiful Lexi Aquino. He makes an instant enemy in Kurt Novac, the school’s surly star quarterback. Then suddenly Billy, Lexi, and Kurt are mysteriously transported to an underworld teeming with goblins, strange animal hybrids, and powerful magic–the fact that they’re stuck there is probably Billy’s fault, too. With help from an unlikely goblin leader named Hop, the teens soon discover that goblins can be both fierce and friendly, with their own rich language, culture, and history–a history that foretells of a human arriving to claim the Goblin Crown and lead them to victory against the deadly, invading Hanorians.
“Could Billy–anxious, awkward Billy–be the mythical Goblin King? Could saving the goblin race be his destiny and the key to getting him, Lexi, and Kurt back home?”
Reminiscent of Collins’ Gregor the Overlander series or Nix’s Keys to the Kingdom series, The Goblin Crown is a not-quite-traditional coming-of-age story filled with everything from glowing crowns to ridable bats. (And, seriously, who hasn’t wanted to ride a bat?)
The range of ethnicities and personality types – some bits are slightly stereotypical, yet others at least crack, if not break the mold – should appeal to a broad range of youth. It’s a fun fantasy tale, but there are some intense scenes and rather serious emotional issues that the characters work through making for a wealth of teachable moments peppered throughout the story that would make this an interesting book to use in a middle-grade classroom.
The Goblin Crown, the first in a series about Billy Smith and the Goblins, will be released on November 15th.
I received an advanced copy from Turner Publishing for review purposes I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂