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ELLIOT AND THE GOBLIN WAR by Jennifer A. Nielsen


From the Underworld Chronicles series, volume 1

by Jennifer A. Nielsen & illustrated by Gideon Kendall

Age Range: 9 - 12

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4022-4019-5
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

A strong warning from a now-familiar intrusive narrator cautions readers to be “very brave” and “willing to take...chances” because “this is the story that unfolds the mysteries of the Underworld.” Book one of this new series begins Halloween night, when unsuspecting reluctant hero Elliot happens to save a real Brownie named Patches from a trio of real Goblins. Elliot’s good deed results in his acclamation as King of the Brownies, and these spunky but weak creatures truly need a king to help them end a three-year-long war with the evil Goblins. Nielsen ably draws readers into a tale chock-full of light adventure and humor, as each chapter details the somewhat over-the-top yet entertaining dilemmas Patches and Elliot face to outwit and uncover a traitor, foil the Goblins’ attacks and keep it all a secret from Elliot’s family. By the title’s end, a bully has been confronted and Underworld peace negotiated. Recommended for those who avoid dark and serious fantasies, as it's sure to evoke more giggles than gasps, despite the introductory admonitions. (Fantasy. 9-12)