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Texting the UnderworldTexting the Underworld by Ellen Booraem
Published by Dial Books for Young Readers
Pages: 320
Ages: 10 and up.
Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | ISBN-10/ISBN-13: 0803737041 / 9780803737044
Publishers Summary:

Perpetual scaredy-cat Conor O’Neill has the fright of his life when a banshee girl named Ashling shows up in his bedroom. Ashling is–as all banshees are–a harbinger of death, but she’s new at this banshee business, and first she insists on going to middle school. As Conor attempts to hide her identity from his teachers, he realizes he’s going to have to pay a visit to the underworld if he wants to keep his family safe.

“Got your cell?”
“Yeah . . . . Don’t see what good it’ll do me.”
“I’ll text you if anything happens that you should know.”
“Text me? Javier, we’ll be in the afterlife.”
“You never know. Maybe they get a signal.”

Discover why Kirkus has called Booraem’s work “utterly original American fantasy . . . frequently hysterical.” This totally fresh take on the afterlife combines the kid next door appeal of Percy Jackson with the snark of Artemis Fowl and the heart of a true middle grade classic.

When an average kid growing up Southie discovers he has a very unusual new friend, a banshee to be exact, his life goes from average to unpredictable in a matter of minutes. Conor O’Neill wants nothing more than to slide under the radar at middle school, hoping that this will result in his avoiding enrollment at the well-known Boston Latin School quite a ways away from his home. Adding a banshee who is determined to get noticed while going to middle school with him doesn’t exactly help. In an attempt to go back to life as he knew it(and maybe even a bit better) he makes the trip to the underworld while hoping a text for help will get him out of trouble.

When I initially was approached about reviewing Texting the Underworld by Ellen Booraem I couldn’t resist the description combined with the cover. This was such a unique idea for a story and I’m definitely a fan of both urban fantasy and middle grade combinations. Ellen Booraem didn’t disappoint. Not only was the premise fantastic, but the characters were strong and well-developed. One of the best parts of the story were the dynamics between each of the family members in Conor’s home. Within only a few pages of reading each was established and different, which isn’t always done well by others, but in this case it was executed perfectly. Even though I was a tad bit put off by how Conor’s sister, Glennie, treated him it felt very natural having come from a family of three girls myself and knowing how that dynamic can be. On the other hand it was great to see how encouraging and supportive Conors grandfather, Grump, was with him. These relationships and the way Conor incorporated them, for good or bad, was what made the story for me.

Texting the Underworld is truly a story about growing up, coming into your own, friendship and adventure. I loved the setting and the characters Ellen Booraem created and the unique way she incorporated technology without making it a theme of the story. Obviously, my favorite aspect of the story were Conor’s relationships and how they developed over the course of the story, but most of all I loved Conor. The humor and the heart behind Texting the Underworld by Ellen Booraem is one thing I know that not only middle graders will love but readers who love a great story will as well.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 9 to 15. (Also anyone who just loves a great story.) A fantastic urban fantasy adventure young and old will laugh with and love reading.

Giveaway!

I have to give a huge thank you to the author and the publisher for the opportunity to giveaway TWO copies of Texting the Underworld!
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10 Responses to Book Review and Giveaway: Texting the Underworld by Ellen Booraem

  1. Heather Raglin says:

    This sounds like such a fun read. My 9-year-old (and I!) will love it.

  2. Heather Raglin says:

    Oh, just saw the question. Hmm, Persephone. Or go to the top guy, Hades, maybe.

  3. Thanks for the wonderful review, Danielle! I’m so glad you caught how important Conor’s relationships are to the book. They were important to me, too!

  4. sharon says:

    I would text Neptune.

  5. Heidi Grange says:

    Hmm. Good question. I am not sure, Persephone probably.

  6. Victoria Zumbrum says:

    I am not sure who. Thank you for the giveaway.

  7. Susan Berger says:

    Love the idea of this. I do want to read it.

  8. Nancy Tandon says:

    I’m already an Ellen Booraem fan (SMALL PERSON WITH WINGS – check it out!) so I look forward to this new read! Also perfect gift for MG aged friend who is off to Boston Latin. : )

  9. Cool. That cover and title definitely grabbed my attention.

  10. ccwtaylor says:

    I’ve never sent a text in my life (ludite that I am!) but I would like a copy of this for my very own–I hae an ARC, but it’s one I’d like as a real book….

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