Review of the Emerald Tablet by P.J. Hoover(October 28)
Benjamin and his best friend Andy love being different from the other kids. They like being able to read each others minds and using their telekinesis to play tricks on other kids. In fact, they are getting all set to spend their entire summer doing just that when Benjamin's mirror starts talking. Suddenly, he's looking at eight weeks of summer school someplace that can only be reached by a teleporter in his basement's coat closet. And that's the most normal thing he does that summer.
The Emerald Tablet is a sweeping story about a group of friends who discover that their Summer is not going to go exactly as expected. Being a Sci-Fi story, it has plenty of twists and turns in it.
The book is a middle grade story; so unfortunately, you loose some suspense due to this. Comparing it to other middle grade novels, It is very well written. Middle Grades, well, let’s just say I have a love/hate relationship with them. Most of the time, the author writes it likes a very long children’s book, where frustrates me so. Luckily, Ms. Hoover dodged that.
The story itself is very good. As previously states-it’s a sci-fi. Science Fiction is a dying genre. Why do I say so? Because it is. What was considered sci-fi in the 70s is now a reality, and interest has been dropping in “new” sci-fi material. I am a huge sci-fi fan, a little obsession that began with a small film, you’ve probably never heard of it, called Star Wars. The Emerald Tablet follows a common theme with Atlantis, but Ms. Hoover plays with it making you feel like you have not heard about it before.
In Conclusion: The Emerald Tablet is a nice, easy read. One of the better Middle Grade books I’ve read. I recommend it to all of my younger readers who may be struggling with Young Adult still