At nine years old, Joey is way too grown-up for make-believe. But when he agrees to participate one last time in a pretend adventure cooked up by his oddball dad, he stumbles across a mysterious artifact that pits him against an unscrupulous foe...
High adventure, epic quest, or love story, this is the tale of Joey (who's in the fourth grade after all and still struggles with reading), his father Ethan-il-Fabuloso (a practitioner of sleight-of-hand who can’t hold a steady job), and best friend Gloria (who's good at absolutely everything).
The nine-year-old point-of-view animates everyday life with the magic and wonder it always deserved in Robbie Scott's latest, "The Queen's Sceptre", as three friends take on the ambitious Professor, in a lightning-fueled battle of wits for control of the mysterious "energy of the heavens" – and who knows, perhaps pick up a little wisdom along the way about life, loss, and what really matters.
Plot/Idea: 5 out of 10
Originality: 7 out of 10
Prose: 5 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 6.75 out of 10
Nine-year-old Joey, his best friend, Gloria, and his father start a make-believe quest that turns into a magical disaster they have to fix in this perplexing adventure tale aimed at reluctant readers. After the initial slow start, the protagonists have little to do but worry over what's happened to their Maguffin, until the climax allows Joey to reveal his character development. Although the characters are unique and well developed, plot and pacing issues hamper a story with an interesting premise.
Date Submitted: June 14, 2016