The book was a short fun read where cousins Otto and Sheed, the legendary Alston boys who have saved the town many a time with their heroics, came across Mr. Flux and his magic camera which literally stopped time. The boys had to work double time to get to the bottom of this mystery and free the people who were frozen in time.
My first book by Lamar Giles, it was exciting in some parts, the characters Otto and Sheed were well etched. They were enthusiastic and bright. There were a few illustrations which quickened the pace and provided imagery to the words. The rest of the characters were sweet and different, and there was love between them. The boys were well liked.
My niggles would be, the writing felt flat at times, the journal entries were fun but didn’t give a smoothness to the prose. The plot too could have been more cohesive.
Overall it was one of those quick reads which would definitely excite kids with its quirkiness.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!
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Lamar Giles is an Edgar Award-nominated author and has published three young adult novels. He is the co-founder of #WeNeedDiverse books and has edited two #WNDB anthologies, including 2018’s Fresh Ink.
Otto and Sheed are the local sleuths in their zany Virginia town, masters of unraveling mischief using their unmatched powers of deduction. And as the summer winds down and the first day of school looms, the boys are craving just a little bit more time for fun, even as they bicker over what kind of fun they want to have. That is, until a mysterious man appears with a camera that literally freezes time. Now, with the help of some very strange people and even stranger creatures, Otto and Sheed will have to put aside their differences to save their town—and each other—before time stops for good.
Publication Date: 2nd April 2019