Welcome to my tour stop for Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand by R.S. Mellette. This is an upper middle grade, lower young adult sci-fi adventure novel that's perfect for the whole family. This tour runs Feb. 9-20th with reviews and interviews. Check out the tour page for more information.
About the Book:
Twelve-year-old Billy and his best friend Suzy Quinofski didn't mean to change the universe. Billy, a quantum physics prodigy, just wanted to find a way to help his hoarding, schizophrenic mother – and maybe impress a coven of older girls in high school. Suzy, his intellectual equal, wanted to help her friend and cling to her last remnant of childhood, a belief in magic. Together they made Billy a real, working, magic wand, and opened a door to the Quantum World where thoughts create reality, and all things – good and bad – are possible.
MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:
This was a fun book. I am always on the look out for things that my son might want to read. He does not enjoy reading at all (which hurts my heart) but if it's interesting enough he will sit thought it with me. I think that he is going to enjoy this one.
I love stories about smart kids. I love it when they continue being who they are whether they are liked or not. We got to see the struggle that Billy and his best friend Suzy go through every day in High School trying to fit in. Through it all they stay true to themselves, and search for new outlets for their knowledge.
Billy is a great character. His home life sucks. His mother is crazy and his brother had been in and out of trouble with the law. Billy is brilliant and trying to find a place in the world. He enjoys being with his best friend Suzy performing experiments.
Suzy is a wonderful character as well. She is a fiercely loyal friend to Billy. Both she and Billy are teased relentlessly in school, and Suzy stands up for him all the time. She never makes Billy feels bad about the way his mother makes them live.
There is a group of witches that tease Billy and Suzy all the time. Billy is determined to teach them that magic isn't read.
One day one of Billy's experiments goes awry. He disappears in front of Suzy's eyes, and Suzy is the one that gets picked up by the police and questioned. The story just gets more and more exciting from there on.
This was such a fun ride. So many things were going on, and it was so great to see Billy and Suzy support each other through all the changes. They get involved with helping the Government, and its fantastic.
If you enjoy adventure, magic, mystery, and friendships you will enjoy this book. It is a wonderful middle grade book.
Source: I received this book as part of a book tour. I was not compensated in any way for this review. These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.
About the Author:
R.S. Mellette has written, directed, designed and acted in theatre, film, television, and publishing for over 30 years. His credits in various jobs include XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS, NUTTY PROFESSOR II: THE KLUMPS, BLUE CRUSH, and his own JACKS OR BETTER, which won Dances With Films Best Screenplay award in 2000. He has been working with the festival ever since.