Wednesday, January 11, 2012

How To Be A Disappointment

Published: November 17th, 2011
How To Make A Golem and Terrify People
By:  Alette J. Willis
Floris Books
ISBN-13: 9780863158407

"You think you're a fairy godmother or something?" I asked. "Or something," Michael agreed. Edda is tired of her nickname, 'Mouse', and wants to be braver. But when her house is burgled on her twelfth birthday, Edda is more afraid than ever. That is until new boy Michael Scot starts school. There's something peculiar -- and very annoying -- about know-it-all Michael. He claims to be a great alchemist who can help Edda overcome her fears by teaching her to build a golem. But surely they can't bring a giant mud monster to life? Can they? Winner of the Kelpies Prize 2011.


   Edda is a young girl whose family constantly moves around.  She's finally happy in Edinburgh and it's the longest that they've lived anywhere.  The only things getting her down is a serious bully at school named Euan and the fact that she's scared of everything.  Then her house gets burglarized on her 12th birthday and Edda feels like she'll be scared forever.  She meets a strange boy in her school, Michael Scot, who claims he can help her overcome her fears by building a golem to protect herself.  Can Edda overcome her fears?  Will she be able to stop the golem from terrorizing the neighborhood?  This was like reading an after-school special on the dangers of bullying and how to overcome your fears.  It was a cute book, but everyone and everything in it were extremely one-dimensional.  I was bored quite a bit as I was reading it and felt like it could've been so much better, with just a little more magic and hint of attitude.  But then again, I have no tolerance for weak heroines and Edda wasn't exactly like the Viking she was named for.  Not recommended except to teachers or parents wanting to teach about overcoming fear.

VERDICT:  2/5  Stars

*I received an Advanced Reading E-book Copy from the publisher, via NetGalley. No money was exchanged for this review.  This book was published November 17th, 2011.*

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