Imagine Archie Greene's surprise when, on his 12th birthday, he receives a package from the esteemed (and very secret) law firm of Folly and Catchpole. If getting an old book that wouldn't open wasn't mysterious enough, after reading the "Special Instruction," Gran sends Archie to live with his Aunt Loretta's family in Oxford. A family he didn't know he had. Meeting his Aunt, Uncle and cousins reveals yet another surprise: he is descended from a long line of magicians. His father hoped to save him from the "family business," but fate had other plans.
Now an apprentice at the Museum of Magical Miscellany (aka "Mothballs), Archie has a big learning curve. Made bigger by recent incidents: Geoffrey Screech (Mothballs Elder) is missing, an apprentice was kidnapped, and someone broke into the Aisle of White Bookstore, where magical books are delivered for processing. The remaining Elders are fearful that Greaders are getting closer and trying to steal the Terrible Tomes, breaking the Lores and releasing dark magic into the world. What can Archie, the boy who didn't even know he was a magician do?
All in all, this is a fun, wholesome, magical adventure. If you are looking for a Potter-like book that isn't as dark as the Voldemort theme or as text dense, then Archie is your choice of reads. Thanks to the author for explaining the 3 types of magic and the 5 Lores (think laws) at the front. The information came in handy later into the story. That said, there were times when I felt I needed a scorecard for all of the characters, especially in the scenes where time is moving back and forth. Recommended for reading aloud with fans of fantasy and magic.
Readers who love magical adventures will be happy to tag along with Archie and his cousins Bramble and Thistle on their quest to protect the Museum of Magical Miscellany! Fun without the darkness of Harry Potter.
Preteens who love Harry Potter will find a new friend in Archie and his search to protect the world from black magic.
Archie Greene is fun reading. The story is a quest to discover more about the history of magic. If you're reading aloud, there are natural spots to stop and ask your listeners what will happen next. Archie and his cousins also take matters into their own hands - perfect to ask readers whether they would do the same thing.
10 and Up
10 and Up
Magic and mystery lovers should borrow Archie Greene.