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by Braden Bell

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Title:The Kindling (Middle School Magic)
Authors:Braden Bell
Info:Sweetwater Books (2012), Paperback, 304 pages
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Connor lives a pretty average life. He, along with his twin sister Lexa and her friend Melanie, are looking forward to their trip to Disney World and tryouts for different things at school. One day though, strange things begin to happen. It seems like they can make things happen just by thinking about it. Then, they notice a stranger following them around. He really seems like a bad guy, but their teachers stop him from getting to them. Connor, Lexa, and Melanie find themselves caught in a world they never even knew existed. This world is full of Light and Dark, and the teens will have to use everything they have to keep themselves and everyone they love safe.

I loved this book! It draws you in fairly quickly, and I read it pretty fast. Even though it is a more of a middle-school book, it is not too childish. The use of Light and Dark in this book were fairly unique. There was a lot that wasn't explained though, so I'm hoping there's another book (at least) coming so I can learn some more about the world. Connor, Lexa, and Melanie were great friends. I liked that they squabbled some while they were going through all of this. That made things seem much more realistic, and it also allowed them for some growth. I also liked that all 3 of the kids were given a chance to shine. There wasn't one "hero" taking care of the danger; all of them had a part to play.

Of course, I was also very intrigued by the teachers. I think I would read an entire book just about them! I really loved the use of particular skills to harness the Light (also big points for having one of the girls love math). The use of music was particularly awesome, and it showed the author really knows his stuff where music is concerned. The songs all fit in different ways. Overall, this was a super fun book. It was unique, and it had some great parts in it. Watching Connor having to fight the darkness within himself was particularly interesting. This is a book that younger and older people will be able to enjoy, and it will leave them dying for more.

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  l_manning | Nov 8, 2012 |
Review: The Kindling by Braden Bell
5 STARS The Kindling is a fun,nail biting adventure. About three middle grade students that weird things are happening around them. Thier teachers are stalking them. Everywhere they go the teachers follow them. Conner Dell is 13 he is worried about passing pre-algebra. trying out for the lacrosse team. His twin sister Lexa and thier best friend Melanie. The three hangout a lot together. Thier mothers are good friends since collage. Connor hates that the bullys are picking on his friend and wishes something bad would happen to him like his pants would catch on fire. Then they do. Other things happen around them when they think things. They can see this guy stalking them but no one else seems too see him. In thier part of town all the dogs die at the same time. It does not matter if they are outside or inside. Lexa thinks its the stalker. They are noticing other things around them that are wierd. They fear that the teachers and stalker are working together. When one of them hears part of the conversation she thinks the teachers are going to kill them after school. The three of them are never in trouble and all of a sudden they get 7 demerits each in one day and after stay for detention. But they figure out how to get away from them and take off running after the bell rings. Connor gets seperated from the girls and two teachers are chasing him when others appear in front of him and trap him or do they? This is a classic fight light against darkness. They have different gifts that happen when someone is about to Kindle or come into power. The teens have to decide if they want to join the battle and fight for the light side or not. Other teens thier ages are turning up missing all over thier town. Also in that part of town weird robberies are happening. No one is saying anything. I liked the storyline the characters, thier disneyworld vacation is ont they will never forget. I would read a sequal if one comes out in the future. I was given this ebook to read in exchange for honest review from Netgalley. 7/10/2012 PUB Cedar Fort Imprint Sweetwater 304 pages suggested ages 13-17 (or 49)
  rhonda1111 | Jul 21, 2012 |
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When unusual powers kindle inside them, Conner, Lexa, and Melanie discover that their teachers are powerful magi too and the students are exhilarated to add fighting evil to their daily classes--until the dark forces of the Umbra kidnap Melanie's young sister as part of a grotesque experiment.… (more)

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