Title: The Last Last-Day-of-Summer
Author: Lamar Giles
Genre: Magical adventure
Age: 10-12 years old
What’s best about it:
- Funny, believable relationship between the two main characters
- Insane plot. Whenever I thought I knew what would happen next, the plot took another twist.
- Logan County is so strange that it’s a character in itself.
Find out more about it: https://www.lamargiles.com/books-1
Anything can happen in Logan County. So when a stranger freezes time (and most of the townspeople) on the last day of summer, cousins Otto and Sheed are ready to jump into action. Already legendary for their previous exploits, they need every bit of their renowned deductive power, teamwork, and practiced maneuvers to unfreeze the city, capture the bad guy, figure out who the new superhero in town is, and maybe improve a few lives, too.
This author has the wildest imagination! Each character has their own unique zaniness and talent. The townspeople form a loveable community, unable to move, but willing to dispense advice and encouragement. There’s a believable family dynamic between the two boys: they’re close, but their quirks irritate each other. And a subplot tightens Otto and Sheed’s friendship, adding heart to the book’s craziness.
If you like this novel, there’s also a sequel (The Last Mirror on the Left) that I’m looking forward to reading.