Monday, September 28, 2015

Malcolm Under the Stars by W. H. Beck, a heartfelt story with charm galore

This is a charming story filled with suspense. Under Beck's deft touch, McKenna School comes to life, with all of its sights, sounds, and scents. As you progress through the story, you find yourself rooting for the sometimes unlikely allies.

In the end, as a mother and a librarian, what resonated most with me is the bittersweet truth that all of the "nutters" eventually grow up and move on. Throughout the story, Malcolm grapples with the knowledge that he is facing a future without Amelia, but could his future hold someone else who will need Malcolm, his courage, and his big heart, as well as the other animals of the Midnight Academy? Like Malcolm sniffing a crumb out of Jovahn's pocket, I "sniff" and hope for a sequel.