Magic is BAD.
As in fake. Cheesy. Unreal. At least, that’s what Clay, who has seen one magic show too many, thinks.
When words from his journal appear mysteriously on his school wall as graffiti, he never imagines that magic might be to blame. And when the same graffiti lands him at Earth Ranch, a camp for “troubled” kids on a remote volcanic island, magic is the last thing he expects to find there.
But at Earth Ranch, there is one strange surprise after another, until Clay no longer knows what to expect. Is he really talking to a llama? Did he really see a ghost? What is the scary secret hidden in the abandoned library? The only thing he knows for sure is that behind the clouds of vog (volcanic smog), nothing is as it seems. Can he solve the riddle of Earth Ranch before trouble erupts?
Synopsis is taken from Goodreads
I LOVE Pseudonymous Bosch! He has quickly become one of my favorite authors. I love his Secret Series, I love his style, and I specially love the humor in his books.
Bad Magic follows a similar style as the Secret Series. It has the humor I love, fun illustrations, a mystery, and an even bigger secret. I have to admit that because I am familiar with Pseudonymous Bosch’s previous work, Bad Magic was a bit predictable. This, however, did not make the book any less enjoyable. It was still a fun, whimsical, read and I loved every second of it. I finished this book in a day, which rarely happens. I specially loved how the two series tie in together. The protagonist of Bad Magic, Clay, is Max-Ernest’s, the protagonist of the Secret Series, little brother. And if Clay is anything like his older brother, I can only imagine the epic adventures that are to come! It would be so amazing if the two characters were featured in a book, the possibilities would be endless!
Even though this is a children’s/ Middle Grade book, I think the humor of this book is appropriate for ALL ages and I highly recommend it.