Quattro's Corner: Reviews From A Middle Schooler's POV

Quattro’s Corner Book Review: The League and the Lantern by Brian Wells

theleagueandthelaternreviewAbout the Book

The League and the Lantern is the first book in a new adventure series for middle-school readers. It all starts when a dangerous organization invades Jake Herndon’s seventh-grade sleepover. He escapes along with two new classmates, Lucy and TJ, only to face a 48-hour fight for survival on the streets of Chicago. The kids unravel a mystery dating back to the Civil War, and an incredible secret about Jake’s family. Along the way they learn unexpected lessons about courage, family and friendship.

My Thoughts

The League and the Lantern is a great action/adventure book. Jake Herndon, the main character, is led through a series of wild exploits that all begin with a school sleepover. In a surprising turn of events, Jake and some new friends are on the run of their lives! With this breathtaking experience, their ways of thinking change forever.

Jake is a “normal” kid that has mismatched eyes, wrestles, likes Budapest fire mustard, and has a tendency to have embarrassing moments. Lucy, another character, “has killer kung-fu moves and can haggle for a granola bar in six different languages.” TJ, the last friend, fences, loves donuts, and uses a lot of hand sanitizer. They seem like an unlikely trio of friends, but their chemistry works.

I thought the book was good because it had a lot of action. The plot was realistic until the league appears, and brings with it futuristic technology. The story had many turns so you’ll never guess what happens in the next chapter. The end was a cliffhanger and it made me want to read more. This book is a hit!

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 img_2581About the Reviewer

Quattro began reading before his 2nd birthday and reading remains his favorite pastime. Currently in the 6th grade, he is a staff reporter for his school’s newspaper.  He is considering working in publishing when he grows up.


I received a free copy from the author. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.


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