The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).
My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (five stars)
“I can’t do magic,” said the boy. “That’s impossible.” He paused. “But I can undo it.”
Sam is a nine-year-old boy who can solve anyone’s spooky problems. He knows there are no such things as ghosts, vampires or aliens, only a mysterious energy that gets attached to stuff. People give Sam their “cursed” things, he applies some school science, and their terrors disappear, all without ever having to leave his bedroom (which is the way he likes it).
But then Lily, a girl in the grade above him, arrives outside his house one night surrounded by this strange energy, and it keeps coming back whatever Sam tries to do to help. Can they work together to find out why? And where in the maze of DC’s streets and monuments will it lead them? Together with a best friend who thinks he’s a Russian hacker and a brother who believes he’s the next baseball All-Star, Sam and Lily can’t give up until they figure it out.
If you can prove that monsters don’t exist, what is there to be scared of?
|Genre(s):||> Middle Grade|
Lily looked down at the brooch. It was pretty. It didn’t seem to be dangerous or threatening, but as she was holding it wind disturbed the trees behind her. She raised her hand over her shoulder and threw the piece of jewelry. It arched out over the water, a small dark circle that caught the light once or twice, and landed with a quiet gulp, as though the water had swallowed it. She looked at Sam.
“Is that good?” she asked, remembering the brother and sister on the call, wanting them to be safe, wanting it to work for them like the stone had worked for her.
Sam smiled his small, lopsided smile. “That was great,” he said.
This book introduces you to Lily who is running away from something invisible and ends up in front of Sam’s home.
With “Undoers One“, D.P. Davies has created the first in a series of adventures with an unusual and cute group of kids. It is a very compelling read, inevitably drawing you in as the story proceeds. D.P. Davies paints a clear picture of the main characters’ mindsets – making the readers acquainted with them – while the story evolves. I was drawn very close to Lily and Sam. The main characters are complex and I took to them instantly; the others are of sufficient depth. The story is cleverly elaborated and has a great flow. I had a great time reading “Undoers One”; currently reading “Undoers Two”.
This is a book for you if you like middle-grade adventure, funny moments, and likeable characters.
|Cover||⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (five stars)|
|Writing||⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (five stars)|
|Plot||⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (five stars)|
|Characters||⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (five stars)|
|POV||Third person – past tense|
|Sexual content|| (none)
About the author
When my wife moved to the States to study her MBA I found myself here as an unemployable ‘dependent’, so decided to see if I could turn my lifelong love of writing into something more solid. The inspiration for Undoers came from being the only kid at school whose parents wouldn’t let me believe in Santa Claus, their reasoning being that you always have to say “thank you” to whoever gave you a gift. That didn’t make growing up any less magical or scary, and when we recently moved to Washington, DC – a place magical and scary in its own way – everything fit together. I hope you enjoy Sam and Lily’s adventures there!
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Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading. Now I am asking you. 🙂
My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about “Undoers One“? Or – if you did not yet read “Undoers One” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?
I am looking forward to reading your comments. 🙂