Calling All Adventurers
By Breanna Angus
There are many adventure stories out there to be read by children, teens, and adults alike, but one of my favorites is the Pendragon series by D. J. MacHale. The first book in the series, The Merchant of Death, is the book I have chosen to recommend to you readers.
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The Merchant of Death is a new and wonderful twist on the classic adventure story and it is perfect for kids, teens, and adults. D.J. MacHale’s writing is superb and reflects well on his storytelling capabilities. The reader can feel easily and tremendously connected to Bobby and his quest from the very first page. His struggle to find his place in the world, and the many other worlds he did not know existed before, is reflected on the struggles of the reader. His fears and weaknesses, his strengths and confidence, all fits with our own lives.
Bobby is a brave young protagonist thrown into a new role, a new world, and a new knowledge simply by taking a seat on the back of his uncles motorcycle. He is destined for a greater role in the universe that will ensure that he will never be the same again…and neither will the reader. As Bobby tells his story through journals (sent to his friends back home) you will find yourself believing that it was you he sent his journals to. It is you, the reader, that are responsible to remember what happened to Bobby Pendragon. It is the responsibility of the reader to learn from him.
D. J. MacHale knows how to capture his readers and give them a thrill and a lesson all in one sitting. Needless to say, The Merchant of Death is the perfect start to a 10 books series that just cannot be put down.
Breanna Angus is an aspiring YA author and filmmaker living in a small town near the rocky mountains in Colorado. She is 22 years old and she spends a lot of her time writing and being creative and a lot more of her time reading. She has gained a lot of insight and experience with YA and children’s novels as an avid reader. She loves to share her love of these books with the world as the Boulder Young Adult Fiction Examiner and as the owner of GoodYoungAdultFiction.com.
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