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Alex Wise vs. the End of the World: Alex Wise, Book #1

By Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Boy saves the world to save his sister in gripping tale.

Alex Wise vs. The End of the World book cover: Two Black boys and a girl hold shining objects in dystopian landscape with broken-down car

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Frequent surprises make this book a thrilling read. Enemies become allies, and friends become villains. In Alex Wise vs. the End of the World, superpowers fail, and unexpected strengths make themselves known in the nick of time. Author Terry J. Benton-Walker naturally weaves in Black LGBTQ+ representation. Main character Alex thinks and talks about his concerns and experiences as he realizes he likes boys, and though it's not the main focus of the story, it's a gentle, age-appropriate introduction to exploring sexuality. Despite the apocalyptic end-of-the-world setting, Alex faces situations many middle-school readers will relate to, like parental communication issues, sibling relationships, and shortcomings in sports. His relationships with his bestie, his little sister, and his teacher are endearing, and the action keeps the pages turning. A great first installment that will leave readers wanting more.

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