Project X-Calibur by Greg Pace
Published October 31, 2013 by Putnam Juvenile
Page Count: 249
**I was sent a copy of this book for review. This in no way affects my review**
Ben is a normal kid. He’s a car mechanic, but other than that he lives in a small town and goes to school and does normal kid things. He definitely did not know what the 8 year-old stalking him wanted, and he DEFINITELY did not expect that the kid was actually Merlin. All of a sudden, aliens are coming to earth and he is one of the five kids who can stop it. With a battle looming up ahead, this modern middle-grade King Arthur retelling will appeal to young middle-grade readers.
This book has a great storyline and idea. The Knights of the Round Table in the modern world, as kids you can identify with? Awesome! I enjoyed this book, but I think it could’ve been executed better. The end felt rushed to me: for a book whose plot is built up in preparation for the end, the final battle did not satisfy my expectations. However, I think it is a wonderful retelling for kids looking for an enjoyable and quick read, and would recommend it to anyone from ages 8-11.
3 out of 5 XanderStars
What a cool concept! This is a great review, and I think the King Arthur is a great tale to base a story on. Thanks for sharing!
Also, random question: are you attending BEA this year?