In this second book in the series we continue our journey with the wizardly Gordon and ghostly Zack joined by their distaff parallels Grace and Zoe. Robin Chambers keeps the story-line rooted in modern life while periodically shifting to the world of dreams and other realities which merge together wonderfully. He understands children and teaches with a gentle humor. The literary references can serve to introduce new ideas or inspire one to re-visit old friends (in my case, a book of poems published by John Keats in 1820.) History and literature and the occasional polemic on what constitutes proper poetry are imbedded in the coming of age story of a boy and a girl who happen to have magical abilities that allow them to deal with the adolescent dilemmas of homework, bullies and budding love in ways that many a child (or those remembering childhood) might envy. For some readers the dilemmas might get a bit too serious. A serial killer and a family passing a tendency toward felony across generations may taint the enjoyment of teenage hijinks. For others they justify the author’s motto of “writing for bright children between the ages of 10 and 110 . . .that isn’t everyone.”
I wanted to write a classic regular folks would actually read. I wanted to write an adventure academics would find resonant with meaning. You tell me how well I did.