Two Souls Are Better Than One (The Misadventures of a Teenage Wizard) is a hoot!
From the back of the book:
Barely thirteen, Jeremy James Johansen has had more than his share of
trouble. His father disappeared without a trace and the police believe
he murdered his lab assistant, though his son knows it isn’t true. His
dad can’t even handle a knife, let alone a bow and arrow.
later Jeremy stumbles across a portal to another world and gets pulled
through—but not as himself. Somehow he swaps bodies with the man on the
other side before the portal disappears.
Captured by a dragon and
a man in black who insists on calling him father, he tries to escape,
only to plummet to his death. He awakens in his own bed, believing it
was all a bad dream. The problem is there are holes in his memory he
In time, he discovers that the portal holds the
answers not only to his forgotten memories, but most importantly, points
him down the path to finding his father.
Poor JJ. He's already having a tough time. His father went missing after his lab assistant was murdered (shot by an arrow, no less). How's that for your social standing in school? JJ's mother is grieving while trying to cope. His twin sister is as irritating as ever while dealing with her own issues. And then the school bullies beat JJ up and when he fights back he gets suspended. Yet this is nothing compared to begin sucked through a portal and into the body of really old guy with a really long beard who has problems of his own. Like people trying to kill him.
And that's just the start.
Karen Hoover does a wonderful job with JJ's youthful sense of humor and wonder when faced with the unbelievable. I felt his grief over his father and his sympathy for his mother. He moans and groans just like a boy his age would but he also finds himself having to stretch, to do more than just look out for himself. JJ learns rather quickly that his problems could have a devastating impact on our world and things seem to spiral out of control.
The book must be the beginning of a series because things are not quite right in the world at the end.
Have you read any good middle grade or early YA books lately? What would be your favorite this year?