Monday, January 1, 2024

First Review of the New Year: The Ink of Elspet by J.D. Peabody

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy

Source: I own a copy

Kids today need more books with creativity woven through the plots. My middle grade students are always telling me they don’t have any imagination. Maybe if there were more books out there like this, they wouldn’t say that as much. Marcus is a preacher and the creator of a comic book. He has left them at home to go on a secret trip. After the train he is on crashes and he is whisked away, Everett and Bea are on a journey to try to find and save their dad. They have his pen and magical ink. They slowly learn about their father and the magic ink and “inklings” who must find and protect it. The characters are easy to like and believable. The world building is phenomenal. We travel on mysterious, magical mysteries along with the characters. The explanation of how the evil characters came to be was awesome. Everett reminded me so much of some of my students who think they have no talent and doubt everything they do, often sabotaging themselves. There are lessons to be learned that don’t hit the reader head on.  I definitely recommend this book and will make sure my grandkids get a copy.  I am looking forward to reading the second book in this series.

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