Book Review Snake in the Grass

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snakeTitle: Snake in the Grass: Hero’s Sword Vol. 4

Author: M.E. Sutton

Genre: Middle Grade, Adventure, Fantasy

Things are getting interesting at Tanner Middle School. The only official candidate for student council president is Jaycee’s nemesis, Trina Poppelman. Plus there’s a new girl in school. At first glance, she looks like she’d fit right in with the cheerleaders, but Jaycee senses something different about her.

Things are getting interesting in Mallory, too. Lady Starla is expecting an Imperial envoy to discuss new taxes. She plans to oppose the measure and asks Lyla to stand by her side in a show of support. However, when the envoy goes missing, the situation becomes a lot more serious than a proposed tax increase.

In this fourth installment of the Hero’s Sword series, Lyla and Roger hit the road to find a missing envoy before Starla pays the ultimate price for his disappearance. Along the way, Jaycee learns that winning isn’t always the end-game result.

Waaah! I love the premise of this book. So Jaycee, the main character, often jumps into a video game and helps the people of this fantasy world survive assaults and political struggles. Basically, every kid’s dream. The kingdom is named Mallory, and it has so many fun characters, like Lady Startla, Lyla, Roger. Kids will the fantasy setting, the dialogue, the fun quirks of all the characters, and the adventure that ties all of them together. The book also teaches some good values to children without sounding preachy. It’s the fourth book in a series, but I had no trouble following along.

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