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Monday 6 April 2020

Review: Emergency Rescue Angel

Things are hard for Mitch at the moment (not that he would admit it). He’s still trying to figure out what ‘normal’ is after his father drowned and his best friend moved away. He doesn’t care about school anymore, and sometimes he finds it hard to face the day.

Enter Max. She’s interesting and mysterious. She’s different from anyone Mitch has ever met. And for some strange reason, she always seems to be around — at school, after school, on weekends. She’s even haunting Mitch's dreams.

Things are weird, and Max keeps tricking Mitch into doing better, trying harder and participating in life, which he has actively been trying to avoid.

And then one night, Mitch sees Max fly into the sky and everything changes.

See, Max is an angel — an emergency rescue angel. She's here to help Mitch re-find his place in the world, and she won’t leave until her job is done.

Emergency Rescue Angel is a brilliant and addictive middle grade read. It’s one of those wonderful novels that balances fantasy and reality to perfection — the kind of story kids love because it takes them to another world whilst also being authentic, relatable and based in the real world.

Mitch is every kid who has experienced a friend moving away. He is every kid who has lost a loved one. He is every kid who has struggled to find himself and his place in the world. Kids will read this book and see themselves in Mitch, even if they have never experienced exactly what Mitch is going through.

Max represents hope. She is the light that reminds us it’s all going to be okay. She is our inner strength. We may not be rescue angels, but we all have the ability to rescue friends, family and even ourselves, and I love that reading this book reminds readers of this.

For kids who love a contemporary tale with a fantasy twist, I highly recommend Emergency Rescue Angel.

And for more great reads by Cate Whittle, make sure you check out Wyrd and the Trouble series for junior readers.

Title: Emergency Rescue Angel
Author: Cate Whittle
Publisher: Scholastic, $16.99
Publication Date: 1 February 2020
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781760669263
For ages: 13 - 15
Type: Middle Fiction