From Little Village:
- "Greyson's teenage friends, old and new, are refreshingly believable..."
- "Even many of the villains are realistically portrayed, and, though they create the evils in the story, their motivations are well-fleshed out and solidly grounded."
- "This story is not all about action -- though the action is fast-paced and relentless."
- "Themes of good emerging from evil and learning to make moral choices are prominent. Despite all of the evil he encounters, Greyson wants to fight for what is right, and, in doing so, inspires those around him."
From the Author
Q: Why should someone start the Greyson Gray Series?
A: The series is just basic fun. In Camp Legend, you fall in love with the quirky characters, their witty humor, and their admirable leader who reminds many of Indiana Jones - with a signature look, daring confidence, and a knack for trouble. Then, just when you get to know the kids, a spark is set to their world, erupting in an epic, dangerous adventure that threatens civil war. Even as the later books take Greyson and his friends into more intense action and maturity, there is still the humor and endearing qualities that keep you rooting for them to the end. It's the perfect entertaining mixture that readers love!
Q: Why should parents get this series for their kids?
A: It's clean and features an admirable hero worth emulating. The hero, Greyson, has something inside of him that wants to do what is right and good, no matter the costs. This urge drives him in all of his adventures, even when it's difficult to know what is right and good. Also, his signature red hat has a white G on it that even he doesn't know what it stands for; but when enough people ask him, he decides that it stands for Good. He will fight for it even when he doesn't know everything and even though he's only twelve. The youngest generation needs this tenacity for truth and goodness more than ever. Finally, it has intense action - but no gore. It has romance; but it's innocent and clean.
It's also real - with real struggles and suffering. Greyson deals with a missing father, bullying, betrayal, girl-problems, and tough moral issues. At the same time, the series takes on many issues that are prominent in today's America including: tolerance, drone warfare, surveillance, bitter politics, and religion. These topics will be great to discuss around the dinner table or in the car.
Q: What age is appropriate for these books?
A: I would let a public-schooled fifth grader read these books. Other parents may choose sixth or seventh grade while others may approve of younger kids. There are characters who die in suspenseful, intense action. There is no gore and no physical affection beyond light peck kisses. There is mild potty humor and use of the words "sucks," "frick," and "heck" (Book 3). It's also a great, nostalgic read for adults!
Q: What makes this series different than the rest?
A: Foremost, the series is set apart from many young adult books today because it is pre-dystopian. Many YA books are dystopian - meaning the country has already fallen and it is up to the protagonist to defy those that brought it down. This theme often leads to an entirely serious, almost depressing feel to the book. On the other hand, some YA books are entirely light-hearted, and readers never doubt that their beloved characters will come out on top. The Greyson Gray Series takes the best of both worlds, with light-hearted, lovable characters trying to prevent the collapse of the country. They have one foot in their hilarious childhood antics and the other in the adult world of purpose and desperation.
Besides that, the series has received loads of commendations for the biggest critics. But don't just take their word for it. Try it out yourself!