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Friday, 18 February 2011

Review: Edsel Grizzler, Book 2: Rescue Mission

It's Verdada, Jim, but not as we know it! (go on, do the accent, you know you want to!)

The Verdada that Edsel Grizzler knows is a place of forever fun! Pizza for breakfast, no bedtime and no parents!

What on earth (or perhaps more appropriately ... what on Verdada) could have happened to turn it into forever dead and boring?

In book one, Edsel Grizzler made a deal with the Mira (rulers of Verdada) to leave the parallel dimension as he wanted to go back to his normal suburban life and work on his relationship with his mum and dad. What he and no one else realised at the time, was that when he was sent back home, something went wrong.

Very wrong.

Part of the deal was that Edsel could never return to Verdada so when he starts getting scrambled messages from his friend, Blind Ben, telling him that Verdada is in trouble and they need him to return, he doesn't know what to think? Is it really Ben? Are the Mira playing games?

How will he return? Who around him can help?

When he does return everything is heartbreakingly wrong. There is no night, the children are starving and divided into a hierarchy. Just how is it that Blind Ben has chubbed up while the children are skin and bones?

I was worried when I first started reading that I would be confused or lost as I hadn't read the first one ... I needn't have worried. James Roy feels like sitting down with an old friend over a hot chocolate. Warm, comforting and fun!

This book does leave you hanging though. Dangling! Luckily they have put in the first chapter to Book 3, Ghostly Shadows, to whet your appitite a little.

I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!

Title: Edsel Grizzler, Book 2: Rescue Mission
Author: James Roy
Publisher: University of Queensland Press, $16.95
Publication Date: 30 August 2010
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780702238444
For ages: 9 - 14
Type: Middle Fiction

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