When 13 year-old Penelope Gilbert accidentally transforms into a stapler during math class, she’s sure she’s going crazy. But she’s not imagining the men in black suits now patrolling the halls at school, nor is she imagining the new substitute teacher who orders the class to take a special new test. A test that requires blood. Hunted for her powers, and torn from the life she knows, Penny is swept up into a world in the clouds where magic meets machine and pirates rule the sky.
Target Age: 8-12
Length: 250 pages
Publisher: Clean Reads
Release Date: September 7, 2016
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Emily Steward spent the better part of her childhood dressed as a ninja and trying to convince others to call her ‘Ace.’ When she wasn’t saving the world from evil samurai, she could usually be found in the branches of a tree reading a good book. She now lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three daughters, and dog Bentley. Though she seldom dresses as a ninja now, her adventurous spirit remains as does her love of tree climbing and reading good books.
This is a delightful middle grade novel that both you and your children will enjoy. It started a bit slow for me, and the fact that Penelope turns herself into a stapler is taken a little too seriously (I mean, come on, its hilarious…a stapler?)
I really started enjoying the story when Penelope finds herself ripped away from her home and is taken on a crazy adventure as she discovers who she really is, and who her friends are. I wasn’t quite as connected to the characters as I would have liked, but the story is entertaining and kept me wanting to know more. Emily Steward does an awesome job setting up the world in the clouds, and made me want to visit there myself. Pirate fights in the sky? AWESOME.
Overall, this was an entertaining read and I am giving it 4 out of 5 Stars.
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