Simon Thorn enters a supernatural world as the unlikely hero of Carter's middle-grade novel.
Simon has one goal: survive seventh grade. Between middle school bullies and hiding his ability to speak to animals, Simon longs for normalcy. He wishes he had the intimidating build of his uncle Darryl, who’s raised him, or at least a reassuring piece of advice from his constantly traveling, not-quite-absent mother. An early morning visit from a mysterious golden eagle on the first day of school shatters his reality and propels him into a world he never knew existed. Outspoken mouse Felix and fearless new girl Winter join Simon on his quest to unravel the mystery behind the golden eagle and his own identity. Carter unveils a magical world full of amazement and adventure. Each character, good or evil, possesses sympathetic qualities that draw readers to the page, and each new obstacle reveals another layer to the characters, making them tangible. Secrets, friendships, families, and a supernatural world anchor the steady-paced action.
A thrill from start to finish, the book will have readers eager to return to the magical world of Simon Thorn. (Fantasy. 8-12)