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Artifacts Paperback – May 17, 2016
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"Fast-paced, witty, and full of snappy dialogue -- not to mention loads of action and surprises. Sure to appeal to reluctant middle grade readers!" - Victoria Coe, author of Fenway and Hattie
"With a cast of characters that crosses "Goonies" with Neverland, ARTIFACTS will be gobbled up by kids who crave action and adventure with a side of magic!" - Bridget Hodder, author of The Rat Prince
"Fast-paced, adventure-filled, and with plenty of witty dialogue, this is a book about friendship, discovery, and fighting for good, sprinkled with some fairy dust and the stories we all loved as children." - Christina Philippou, author of Lost in Static
"I loved every minute of it and recommend it to anyone who wants to just escape into a funtastical and magical fairytale-esque story." - J. Keller Ford, author of In the Shadow of the Dragon King
About the Author
A member of The Sweet Sixteens, Pete's debut middle grade novel, ARTIFACTS, is slated for release on May 17, 2016 from Month9Books.
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First of all, who doesn't love this cover? OMGosh!! The colors are so vibrant. The font is perfection! I don't know who designed the cover but they did an excellent job.
I have to tell you, I was hooked from the first word. 12-year-old Jax Murphy is a trip, but not as much as his friends Crunch, and the Wahoo brothers. And Jax's relationship with his sister, Dana, is classic middle-grade humor. I love Jax's parents in this novel. They are like the coolest parents a middle-schooler could have. and Korie, well, she's high-spirited and just as eager to join in the mix of guys as the guys are.
I loved the premise behind this story and was delighted to see it take on a Captain Hook and the Lost Boys storyline. I've read many upper YA stories based on fairytales, but this one is definitely a romping fun read for the middle-grade boy. What a breath of fresh air!
There were times I felt events unfurled a little too easily just so the kids could get things to go their way, but those parts were covered up by such funny antics and marvelous interaction between the characters that I forgave the conveniences. There was non-stop action and the adventure to find the artifact that would send everyone to Camp Runamuck was crazy fun. I found myself grinning throughout the story and rooting for these bumbling, yet endearing kids. There were twists and turns, evil villains, magic and snappy dialogue. I can't imagine a middle-grader not eating this story up. Have you got a reluctant middle-grade reader? Give them this book. It's crazy, insane fun.
I totally give the book 5 stars out of 5. I loved every minute of it and recommend it to anyone who wants to just escape into a funtastical and magical fairytale-esque story. Pete Catalano, I bow to your greatness. Please continue these stories. I could see a whole series of Jax Murphy books, you know, like Goosebumps, just different.
What a fun romp!
When Jax and his friends's annual trip to Camp Runamuck is put on danger by possible summer school, they jump at the chance for an extra credit project for teach Bartholomew, who wants them to collect artifacts that can represent fairy tales in a library exhibit.
At first it's a fun game involving junkyards and antiques, but it quickly turns into something else when it becomes clear that Bartholomew has ulterior motives involving not just artifacts, but also the literal characters from the fairy tales, including the actual Lost Boys.
If you're a fan of large ensemble casts and characters that share a lot of banter between them, then this book would be right up your alley. The kids make fun of each other in a very true to life way, even when things get scary or dangerous.
The adventure is fun and clever in a sometimes meta sort of way. Will appeal to adventure loving kids.
I finished this book rather quickly, just because it was funny and fun.
Lots of adventure with this book.
We meet Jax,Korie, Crunch,Tank, and Mouth. They are all ready for school to be out and to go to summer camp.
However there is a problem... Crunch gets in trouble with a teacher who thinks he has copied a report from his older brother.
They fix that issue only to have the teacher say Crunch needs to do extra credit to pass English. Which sends them all on an adventure to pass class and have fun.
The assignment is to find artifacts that go with fairy tales. But it leads them to trying to find a real treasure to change all the fairy tales forever.
They meet the lost boys and Captain Hook.
Not wanting to give anymore details away, I would for sure recommend giving this book a read through either for yourself or young boys and girls.
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