- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 0640 (What's this?)
- Series: The Library (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (October 3, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1101932570
- ISBN-13: 978-1101932575
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #548,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“MacHale once again pens a page-turner that adds just the right amount of humor.” —Kirkus Reviews
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About the Author
D. J. MACHALE is the author of the bestselling book series Pendragon, Morpheus Road, and the SYLO Chronicles, as well as Voyagers: Project Alpha and Curse of the Boggin (The Library, Book 1). He has written, directed, and produced numerous award-winning television series and movies for young people, including Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Flight 29 Down, and Tower of Terror. He lives with his family in Southern California. Visit him at djmachalebooks.com.
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There are a lot of series out there that have kids jumping in and out of books. They have to finish books, or fix changes being made in classics, or get the plots back on track, or find a missing character, or otherwise straighten out some problem in the narrative. I mean there are a lot of such books for middle graders. Once you add an enchanted library the numbers really multiply. That's sort of what you have here, but not a lot of attention is wasted on setting up and maintaining and elaborating on the premise. It's cleaner than that. Here, the kids are presented with an unfinished book and have to fix whatever is keeping the book from reaching a satisfying resolution. So, the whole book/library thing just provides a frame that allows the story to begin. Then, each book in the series consists of an episode that has a beginning, a middle, and an end.
In this volume the kids have to travel, (through a magical portal in the Library), to a middle school that is the scene of weird and possibly supernatural incidents. Who's responsible, and why? There is an investigation, action, creeping evil, and lots of lurking and hiding and figuring out, culminating in a big action scene. Sweet.
Much of this works because of our three hero kids. The leader, Marcus, is smart, resourceful, and very relatable. He's amusing, and slightly bemused by the whole deal, but hasn't been loaded up with quirks or attitude. He is a solid and grounded hero. His pals, a shy slightly geeky guy and an independent and feisty gal pal, are restrained, realistic and independent. They are all smart and perceptive, they work well together, and they have personality and style. They do not wear out their welcome as characters. The kids they interact with while conducting their investigation all feel like normal kids, just with a paranormal problem, which actually makes the book more interesting than if every character were over the top.
The upshot, for me, was that this was an attention grabbing, entertaining, upbeat, and sometimes gripping read. The tone was consistent, the story was focused and well told, and the whole project felt professional, well-crafted, and good-humored. A very nice middle grade fantasy/adventure find.
(Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
Black Moon Rising thrusts middle grader readers right back into the heart of a thrilling, awesome storyline. Told from multiple points of views, including that of the story itself (my favorite), this book is full of humor, wit, charm, magic, danger, and of course friendship. Wait, did I mention there are witches, wolves and ravens too? This book was such a great read, we couldn't put it down!
Marcus, Theo and Lu are what friendship in middle grade books is all about. Just like the first book, this fabulous trio of friends makes you wish you had your own group of awesome, diverse friends, who make fighting frightening things seem fun. These three have a solid friendship, and I absolutely love watching them work together to solve the mystery, and foil the evil plan. Being an agent of the Library is no easy thing for Marcus. It's a complicated job to give a book an ending that needs it, in order to stop horrible things from happening. His friends play a huge role in helping him out.
MacHale knows how to engage his readers. His writing is fun, engaging, and down right entertaining. Though it's part of The Library series, this book can definitely be read on it's own. I recommend picking up the first book so that some things mentioned that previously happened, make a little bit more sense.
Perfect to read around Halloween (and off course through out the entire year), this story has a wicked twist, and plenty of fun that will keep readers hooked till the very end! D.J. MacHale's The Library series makes reading fun! I only wish I had, had this book when I was younger.
While the first book in this series was a great mix of external story and the interior journey of the main character, Marcus, 'Black Moon Rising' had no internal story at all. I didn't get the sense that Marcus learned anything or grew at all during this story and it felt like nothing really was riding on the outcome for him personally. Sure, a lot of danger was thrown at him and his friends but without the internal battle or change the outer drama didn't hold much meaning and I found myself getting a bit bored with the story towards the end.
So while this story is still worth reading, I feel that an opportunity to go a bit deeper into Marcus' character and journey was missed and I hope that more of Marcus' internal journey is included in the next book to make a deeper and more meaningful story.
The novel is a mystery that needs to be solved. It surprised me at times while was reading it. I didn't realize until later when I had not finished reading the book how much I wanted to know how it was going to end. Even though I didn't read the first book of this series, I was able to read it and understand it. I enjoyed reading it immensely.
Disclaimer: I received an arc of this book free from the author/publisher from Netgalley. I was not obliged to write a favorable review, or even any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.