Buggy Crenshaw and The Bungler's Paradox: In Search of the Nexus Book One
R. M. Wilburn
Gabby Cat, 2008 (2008)
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Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto
uggy Crenshaw and the Bungler's Paradox
is one of the best independently published books I have ever read. Author R. M. Wilburn knows how to reach a younger audience but create a story that older readers will love, too.
uggy Crenshaw's dad is an inventor, but he always manages to bungle every experiment. When his latest attempt blows up their garage, they are forced to move to the mysterious Lloyd's Hollow. Buggy immediately realizes that this town is different. For one thing their house, whose previous owner seems to have vanished, almost totally lacks electricity. For another, her new school looks like a prison and has a rat-tailed, bug-eyed principal.
rom her two new friends, Veronica and Sid, Buggy learns that everyone in the town is a Warrior on the side of the
, gathered to fight
. It seems that the
Appendices of Souls
, a writing that will give Darkest Evil great power, has disappeared as its Sentinel lies dying. Now it is up to Buggy and her friends to find the power within themselves to save the world.
uggy Crenshaw is a great heroine for younger readers as she is full of self-esteem. The common parting phrase for Warriors of the Greater God is '
' and she does not hesitate to do so. She is not afraid to use her imagination but keeps a level head. Her friends are great characters too. Veronica is headstrong and ambitious, which leads to some humorous situations. Sid is more studious, but less advanced in his magic abilities. These three characters balance each other well and give readers at least one person to whom they can really relate.
. M. Wilburn's
Buggy Crenshaw and the Bungler's Paradox
is just the start of the
In Search of the Nexus
series featuring Buggy and her friends fighting for the Greater Good. Though some characteristics seem similar to
ones, that helps make it appealing to fans of the popular series. Once kids start reading, they will realize how different this one is, and be hooked.
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