Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bad Magic Book Review

Bestselling author of The Secret Series, Pseudonymous Bosch, introduces a thrilling new trilogy. 12 year-old Clay is framed, when graffiti appears on a school wall tagged with his name. After claiming he didn't do it, Clay’s parents send Clay to a remote camp, known as the Earth Ranch. Earth Ranch is a camp for “troubled” kids, and has many oddities. Such as, an active volcano, (which they plan to surf on.) Spanish speaking llamas, tater bots, and territorial bees.

One of the most interesting parts of the story was during the Lava Walk, when most of the story started to unravel. The Lava Walk takes place in Plume Canyon, the island’s westernmost lava field. The lava walk contains barbaric events like hunting wild boars, covering the boars in molten lava, afterwards, consuming the boar. (Gross. I know.)
I think Bad Magic's theme is, "Things are not always as they appear." because that is the main reason Clay was sent to Earth Ranch. And Earth Ranch wasn't even Earth Ranch. It turned out to be a whole secret society! And all of his friends at Earth Ranch were acting the whole time! Those are some reasons why I thought this was the theme.

For more Pseudonymous Bosch, click on the link below. http://thenameofthiswebsiteissecret.com/

Here's a book trailer of Bad Magic:

~ Nina R. is a 5th Grader in Ms. Becicka's homeroom. She can't imagine a world without books.


  1. Great review of the book. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Nina,
    I really enjoyed your post about Bad Magic. I reminded me of two books that I have read in the past. The first book I thought of was Holes by Louis Sacher. This book is about a boy who is framed for something that he didn't do and is sent to a detention camp that is run by a diabolical warden.

    I was also reminded of Lord of the Flies, mostly because of the boar hunts that you mentioned. :) But I also thought that the theme you identified "things aren't always as they seem" is also present in Lord of the Flies. This book might be one that you read later in high school.

    I am curious as to whether or not you have seen that same theme is any other books that you have read. I would love to hear about them if you have!

    Thanks for the book review! I am always looking for new reading material!