THE SEVENTH LEVEL by Jody Feldman

THE SEVENTH LEVEL

Age Range: 8 - 11

KIRKUS REVIEW

At Lauer Middle School, an invitation to join “The Legend,” a supersecret group that plans community-service projects, is the most exciting honor imaginable. Seventh grader Travis Raines isn’t particularly brainy; he excels at getting into innocent trouble. He’s also pretty good at getting out of it. When a shiny blue envelope appears in his locker with a brainteaser and a set of rules, Travis can’t believe The Legend wants him. As usual, he ends up getting in his own way and runs afoul of the vice-principal in charge of discipline. Can he follow all the rules while navigating the seven levels of induction into The Legend and find out who keeps trying to get him in deeper trouble? Feldman’s second puzzlecentric effort is a mixed bag at best (The Gollywhopper Games, 2008). The mostly dull plot hangs on coincidence and isn’t saved by the seemingly random puzzles, some of which are anything but puzzling. Moreover, Travis’s distracting, vigorous and entirely un–seventh grader–like use of the word “oaf” defies credibility. Give your brainteaser fans Carey Benedict’s The Unknowns (2009) instead. (Mystery. 8-11)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-195105-3
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Greenwillow/HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2010




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