Middle school students have reading interests that run the gamut from Diary of a Wimpy Kid to Twilight. Sometimes as a parent it is hard to know what is age appropriate for your child. Through this blog, I will try to help parents make informed decisions about what is available in our library. I am hoping that this blog will be a resource for our parents, and that we can all work together to make our students life-long readers!

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Cloak Society

The Cloak Society
by Jeramey Kraatz
From the publisher:
"The first in a thrilling, action-packed middle grade trilogy, which School Library Journal declared "will likely find the same wide appeal as Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books.

The Cloak Society: An elite organization of supervillains graced with extraordinary powers. Ten years ago the Cloak Society was defeated by Sterling City's superheroes, the Rangers of Justice, and vanished without a trace. But the villains have been waiting for the perfect moment to resurface. . . .

Twelve-year-old Alex Knight is a dedicated junior member of Cloak who has spent years mastering his telekinetic superpowers and preparing for the day when Cloak will rise to power again. Cloak is everything he believes in.

But during his debut mission, Alex does the unthinkable: He saves the life of a Junior Ranger of Justice. Even worse . . . she becomes his friend. And the more time he spends with her, the more Alex wonders what, exactly, he's been fighting for.

This is an awesome start to a middle grade series about young supervillains and superheroes. I read it because some of my students are crazy about this series, and I can see why. I bet the second and third books of the trilogy are even better because you would know the characters and what was happening. There is quite a bit of set-up, but it is necessary to understand both worlds and what the two sides are fighting for. Our main character was raised to become the greatest supervillain of all time and to eventually rule the world. Early on he buys into that, but after being part of a bank robbery where he saves the life of one of the young superheroes, he begins to question The Cloak Society and what they stand for. Central to that are his parents - both supervillains and part of The Cloak Society's High Council. This book had fun characters, a very cool plot, and a lot of action. Middle school kids should eat this up!

Areas of concern:
*A very evil mother - I kind of hate that.
*Superhero violence...however, the characters don't necessarily get killed, they get thrust into something called "The Gloom", which is a darkness just outside of the world.

Suggested Ages:
Kirkus Reviews - Ages 11-13
School Library Journal - Grades 5-8

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