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The Legend of Greg: Failures, Book 1

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Middle Earth meets Chicago in wild magical Dwarf tale.

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Author Chris Rylander brings the Dwarves and Elves of Middle Earth, along with cosmic conflict, middle-school bullies, and bathroom humor, to modern-day Chicago, where mayhem quickly ensues. There are also some relatable moments as The Legend of Greg unfolds, and its unlikely hero has unexpected moments of triumph. Many of the story elements seem a bit half-baked, possibly signaling a long, chaotic story arc to come.

"I was sitting in an underground cavern where kids were crafting weapons, brewing potions, and spelunking just for fun. That made it easier to simply nod and go along with everything. I still wasn't sure how much I really believed any of this. But it surprised me how much I wanted to. Suddenly I was kind of excited about possibly being a part of something huge and cool -- knowing that I wasn't just some kid from a loser family so cursed that we all accepted our bad luck with big, dumb smiles on our faces. Here was a whole new world for me to explore, a world where I'd finally belong, and it apparently came with built-in (potential) friends."

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