I received an advanced copy of this book for review, which will be released on October 20, 2012. It is available for pre-order at Barnes and Noble.
Duck Boy by Bill Bunn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The main character, Steve Best, is bullied at school and then his mom disappears in a magical burst of light. Steve (unwillingly) teams up with his eccentric Aunt Shannon to find his missing mother by using alchemy.
A fantastical story that, at times, feels a bit like a Disney movie in that readers have to suspend their disbelief (I also thought of L'Engle's Time Quintet, though there are no direct references to the series).
There's a couple of passages that read a little rough but the action-packed plot propels readers forward quickly, if they don't stop and try to figure out how it all works.
I received a free copy of this book for review.
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