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Tom Hoffman
The Translucent Boy and the Girl Who Dreamed She Could Fly
Tom Hoffman, author
The Translucent Boy barely survives a nocturnal encounter with a terrifying ancient apparition. Silas falls for Emmeline, a disabled girl with a secret otherworldly life. A mysterious old woman being held prisoner at the Shady Pines Retirement Facility reveals an astonishing secret to Sephie, helping them locate the infamous stolen Spike of Odysseus. The four friends set off on a mind boggling mythological quest to the Plane of Percupio to return the stolen spike and bring Emmeline’s brother back from the Land of the Dead. But first they must wake the sleeping fisherman, outwit sinister Madam Malitia, and find Charon the Ferryman on the River Styx.
Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 9.00 out of 10


Plot/Idea: Written with an eye to acceptance and championing rights for those with disabilities, Hoffman's The Translucent Boy and the Girl Who Dreamed She Could Fly is fun, bizarre, and wholesome.

Prose: Hoffman is skilled at describing complex magical scenes, and making them make sense, which is a difficult task. Sometimes the dialogue can feel a little forced, especially between flirting teenagers, but overall the writing is enjoyable.

Originality: This book is packed to the brim with interesting worldbuilding elements, references to ancient myths, and homages to past young adult books that have paved the way in earlier decades. It all comes together to make a highly unique experience for the reader, both heartfelt and exhilarating.

Character Development/Execution: Although the characters can at times come across as derivative, they are easily differentiated by their stark and unique personalities.


Date Submitted: April 08, 2022