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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.
Author Pete Catalano asked if I might review his upcoming middle grade novel, ARTIFACTS, in exchange for an honest review. As an author, I don’t read or write middle grade at all, but the premise of his story intrigued me; middle school students with their summer camp vacation on the line, must search for artifacts from fairy tales to be displayed in a library exhibit, or else be remanded to summer school! I teach in a middle school, and I could hardly wait to see how the 6th graders in Mr. Catalano’s book fared in their quest.
This book provided an opportunity to read something brand new with my school aged daughter, and let me tell you, she loved it! In ARTIFACTS, Mr. Catalano creates vivid characters, and places them in wildly imaginative settings as he weaves the tale from start to finish. You will find yourself rooting for Jax, Korie, Crunch, Mouth and Tank (Great names!) as they battle fairy tale villains from the past in search of the artifacts. I was impressed with how Mr. Catalano was able to create the hysterical sarcasm that is the trademark middle school wit. Trust me, I know! I hear it every day! This was a really fun read. It is creatively written, and absolutely cracked my daughter up in several points, to the point of hiccups! I’ll be recommending it to my school’s library, as well.
I really enjoyed reading this with my daughter, and I know that others will, too. My only wish would be that there were illustrations to begin each chapter. Pete Catalano’s writing is so vivid in some scenes! But then again, I enjoyed letting my imagination paint the pictures. I look forward to more from this author.
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.
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