THE PROBLIM CHILDREN, Natalie Lloyd, Middle-Grade Novel, Harper Collins Children/Katherine Tegen Books


From the New York Times bestselling author of A Snicker of Magic and The Key to Extraordinary comes a new middle grade series about seven strange siblings all born on a different day of the week and the neighbors who keep trying to tear their family apart.

Wendell and Thea—twins born two minutes apart on a Wednesday and a Thursday—see the move as a chance to make new friends in time for their birthday cake smash. But the neighbors find the Problims’ return problematic—what with Sal’s foggy garden full of Wrangling Ivy, toddler Toot’s 365 stanktastic fart varieties, and Mona’s human catapult.

Truth be told, rumors are flying about the Problims! Rumors of a bitter feud, a treasure, and a certain kind of magic lingering in the halls of #7 Main Street. And the neighbors will do anything to get their hands on those secrets—including sending the Problim children to seven different homes on seven different continents!

With a snicker of Lemony Snicket, a dollop of the Addams Family, and a healthy dose of charm, The Problim Children is an unforgettable tale about adventure, family, and finding the courage to tackle any problem heart-first.

From Goodreads


My thanks to Harper Collins for this ARC to review and leave my honest review!

This is such a fun book! The characters, the Problim kids, are unique, mischievous, adventurous and so lovable.  For this book, Thea and Wendell, the twins, seem to be the focus, although you do get to know the other children as the book progresses.

The villain reminds me of Cruella De Vil without the colorful hair. Instead of hating dogs, the villain in Lloyd’s book hates the Problims. You’ll have to read why.

There’s something mysterious about the home the Problim children inherited from their grandfather.  In fact, the whole story behind their grandfather, the house, their parents is so intriguing you want to keep reading in order to discover what’s going on.

I found myself eagerly reading to discover what the Problim children were getting into next. Their ability to land in trouble and how they work their way out of it, is amusing. The characters develop nicely as the story progresses. The plot moves along with surprising twists and turns that keep the story steadily heading toward the climax at a great pace.  I love the author’s voice.  The Problim Children  is a quick read.  I recommend this book, because it’s perfect for all middle-graders (and adults) out there! I can’t wait for the next book of the series!

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