First, let me say, this book is amazing! If your children like Harry Potter or The Lion and the Wardrobe - they will definitely love this book. The League and the Lantern is filled with adventure from the first chapter. I love that this book includes children of different races and it shows a boy can become best friends with a girl as easy as he can befriend another boy. I love how it helps a child understand that nothing is wrong with being different and that everyone makes mistakes.
The League and the Lantern is a really fun book to read for the middle school ages. It’s about a young boy named Jake Herndon who is ready for seventh grade, but things aren’t working out for him. After an embarrassing disaster with sixth grade, he hopes this new school he is going to provide him with a fresh start. When he arrives at the Museum of Science and Industry for the school sleep-over, Jake makes two new friends, TJ McDonald and Lucy Garcia.
TJ is kind of a geek. He loves his pop culture so you can’t go a moment without him referencing a superhero, Star Wars, or The Princess Bride. He’s a genius with semi-hyper memory and participates in fencing for a sport.
Lucy has just moved to the US from Nepal. She’s traveled all over the world and she knows how to bargain. She’s very smart too. Lucy doesn't trust people very well and this is probably because she has moved so much and met so many different people. A wonderful thing about Lucy having lived so many places is the fact she can speak many languages. You will see in the story how this helps the 3 friends in the next 48 hours.
Jake and other kids are invited to the Museum of Science and Industry for a school sleep over and it was during a game of finding clues, the museum comes under attack and the trio immediately find themselves placed into danger. The children are forced to run and hide from the mysterious attackers and soon discover that they are after the gloves that belonged to Abraham Lincoln himself! The children take the gloves with them and are unsure of whom they can trust as they find danger waiting for them at every turn. While on the run, they are rescued by a secret agency known as the League and learn of a secret war that has been going on since the end of the Civil War. The evil organization known as the Lantern has been trying take over the world since after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and will stop at nothing to achieve their goal. The children continue to go on the run and are and find some surprising new secrets, one of which included Jake’s family, as they attempt to evade the Lantern.
Brian Wells is the author of this book and he wrote a fun, factual, compassinate, and loving story. Your children will love the exciting twists and turns Brian adds to this historical type mystery book.
I really hope this book is made into a movie and hopefully we will see Jake, Lucy and TJ in more exciting sequels to this one. Great Read!
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