This third book in the Adventures of Pete and Weasel is actually the first for me. I had heard about the series but could never fit it in to my busy review schedule. I’m glad to finally get a start on the series.
Book one, ALLIGATOR’S OVERHEAD, introduces readers to twelve-year-old Pete. The adventure includes alligators, witches, and a spooky mansion as Pete learns about his new wizard powers. Book two, THE GREAT TIME LOCK DISASTER, has Pete and Weasel traveling back in time to Victorian England. Pete messes with a time lock that could lead to catastrophic results.
I had no problem starting with book three as hints to the past adventures are thrown in along the way. All you have to know is Pete made a big mistake and now has to travel back to 1173 England and fix it before history is changed. The story is an enjoyable ride as Pete stands in for a missing nephew, Peter of Bramwell, and everyone thinks Weasel is his servant. They have to learn how to ride horses, understand some very weird language spoken at the time, and figure out the visiting young duke’s intentions. Other characters add to the fun including an alligator and horse, both of which Pete can communicate with through thoughts.
The mystery of how to save the past is woven with some magic in the often dreaded Dark Woods and The Circle of Stone. The action and often humorous dialog keep the story moving forward in a quick read. The plot points are wrapped up nicely and this would make a great book for a summer read.
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018 PAGE COUNT: 176
FULL PLOT (From DANCING LEMUR PRESS)
Pete’s stuck in medieval England!
Pete and his friend Weasel thought they’d closed the Time Lock. But a young page from medieval times, Peter of Bramwell, goes missing. His absence during a critical moment will forever alter history unless he’s found.
There’s only one solution – fledgling wizard Pete must take the page’s place. Accompanied by Weasel and Fanon, Pete’s alligator familiar, they travel to 1173 England.
But what if the page remains lost – will Pete know what to do when the critical moment arrives? Toss in a grumpy Fanon, the duke’s curious niece, a talking horse, and the Circle of Stones and Pete realizes he’s in over his young wizard head yet again…
FIVE THINGS TO LIKE ABOUT:
SOME VERY MESSY MEDIEVAL MAGIC by C. LEE Mckenzie
- The time period is one that will pull in many young readers. It’s a fascinating place and one you’d love to try out for yourself—maybe for just a day.
- Themes of loyalty and friendship will make you cheer for the two very different boys, Pete and Weasel.
- The shorter length will entice readers who shy away from those other magical books—the ones that give you a workout with their 400-700 pages.
- I laughed at the get-ups Pete and Weasel were sent back to medieval times with: Halloween costumes from K-mart.
- You know you’ve read a good story when you’re mind immediately ponders what other adventures these two could have in the future.
Weasel’s lips were moving and Pete was pretty sure he knew what he was saying. Weasel always said it, or something like it, when they got into a mess together.
“Why me? Why do I get into trouble every time he gets into trouble? Just tell me?”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
C. Lee McKenzie has a background in Linguistics and Inter-Cultural Communication, but these days her greatest passion is writing for young readers. When she’s not writing she’s hiking or traveling or practicing yoga or asking a lot questions about things she still doesn’t understand.
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