The End of all Halloweens by Matthew S. Cox

Cox blends the simplicity and passion of middle-grade narratives with the grand scale of superhero fiction, creating another humorous tale that contains much to appeal to readers of all ages. This is the third book in The Adventures of Übergirl series. This review might be plotting to spoil the previous books. After saving the world … Continue reading The End of all Halloweens by Matthew S. Cox

Aliens Ate My Homework by Matthew S. Cox

Cox blends pre-teen perspectives on life, classic superhero tropes, and several varieties of humour to create a tale that appeals both as straight middle-grade action and subtle homage. This novel is the second in The Adventures of Übergirl series. Proceeding past this point might induce post-cognative visions. When Kelly Donovan was one of the people … Continue reading Aliens Ate My Homework by Matthew S. Cox

My Dad is a Mad Scientist by Matthew S. Cox

Cox demonstrates that accessible prose and cinematic action don’t have to come at the cost of emotional depth, creating superhero fiction that will appeal to readers of all ages and power levels. Life is hard if you’re a nine-year-old who loves maths, especially if you’re smart enough to skip a grade. Kelly Donovan’s parents tell … Continue reading My Dad is a Mad Scientist by Matthew S. Cox

Emma and the Weeping Spirit by Matthew S. Cox

Cox reframes the classic haunted house trope for middle grade readers without sacrificing the complexities and uncertainties of spectral visitations. This is the fifth book in Cox’s Tales of Widowswood series. Potential spoilers for previous volumes lurk past this point. When a harpy attack drives ten-year-old Emma deep into unknown forest, her experiences help her … Continue reading Emma and the Weeping Spirit by Matthew S. Cox

Emma and the Elixir of Madness by Matthew S. Cox

Cox continues to blend the excitement and strangeness of fantasy with the lightness and smaller-scale of middle-grade fiction, producing a tale that grips the reader without instilling terror. This book is the fourth in the Tales of Widowswood series. Spoilers may leap from the undergrowth. Strange transformations and embarrassing events are disturbing the peace of … Continue reading Emma and the Elixir of Madness by Matthew S. Cox

The Cursed Codex by Matthew S. Cox

Treating both childhood and roleplaying games with seriousness while remaining aware of their more absurd aspects, Cox creates a fantasy tale that is accessible to younger readers without sacrificing the tension and complexity more mature readers seek. Thirteen-year-old Keith Croft has been invisible for his entire school life: not a brainiac; not a jock; not … Continue reading The Cursed Codex by Matthew S. Cox

Emma and the Silverbell Faeries by Matthew S. Cox

Cox crafts a fantasy adventure from viewpoint of a ten-year-old without losing the sense of nuance and complexity that many fans of adult fantasy seek. This is the third volume in the Tales of Widowswood series. Spoilers might lurk ahead. Emma’s parents have forgiven her for worrying them and her punishment is over, yet she … Continue reading Emma and the Silverbell Faeries by Matthew S. Cox

The Last Of The Navel Navigators by David Hailwood

Hailwood mixes the always-amusing subject of bodily functions with a fast-paced chase across fantastical worlds to create a story that is sure to appeal to any child who has wondered if garden gnomes can be worn as shoes. When a freak storm strikes the stork carrying him, Jellybean, a baby navel navigator, is dumped into … Continue reading The Last Of The Navel Navigators by David Hailwood