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So when she finds a ticking briefcase in his closet, containing a nomination for a summer tryout at the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, she’s certain the secretive organization holds the key to locating Quinton—if only she can wrap her head around the idea of magicians, fairies, aliens, and other supernatural creatures all being real.
Now she must compete for a spot against kids who’ve known about magic their whole lives. No matter how hard she tries, Amari can’t seem to escape their intense doubt and scrutiny—especially once her supernaturally enhanced talent is deemed “illegal.” With an evil magician threatening the supernatural world, and her own classmates thinking she’s an enemy, Amari has never felt more alone. But if she doesn’t stick it out and pass the tryouts, she may never find out what happened to Quinton.
Even though this was such a fun story to read, it really was the characters that captured this story. I think for a Middle Grade book, having a character to really stand behind is what connects to the readers. I know I’m personally a more character driven reader, and this hit the spot. Amari was such an easy character to get behind and root for her. All she wants is to find Quinton and she’ll stop at nothing to find out what has happened to him. What I liked most about Amari’s character, and made it really easy to relate to her, is that she never really didn’t do anything extraordinary. She didn’t automatically become smarter or stronger just because she was the heroine of our story, but she worked hard and all the choices she made was within her reach. I loved this because it made me root for her even more to succeed. Ellie was such a great roommate and I’m so glad that Amari had someone like her on her side. Laura was a bit obvious of how she was going to end up, which in an adult novel would have bothered me, but her villainess was perfect for this story.
Overall, Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston was a great Middle Grade read! Even as an adult, I thoroughly enjoyed this adventure of Amari’s and how it’s just the beginning. For the intended audience, it is definitely a must read. If I had something like this at that age, I would have been all over it. The story is fun and super easy to engage in. Amari is such a fantastic main character and I know that the audience will fall in love with her and root endlessly for her victory. I highly recommend this book if you enjoy fantasy and the supernatural world. Even as an adult, you’ll enjoy what this story has to bring. I know I’ll be following along and seeing what else Amari has to offer.
Students who like "academy" books like Harry Potter will be glad to join Amari on her academic adventures. Readers who like Nimmo's Charlie Bone, Horowitz's Groosham Grange, and Walden's H.I.V.E. will want to pack their bags and join the classes at the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs.