RONAN BOYLE AND THEN BRIDGE OF RIDDLES, by Thomas Lennon, Illustrated by John Hendrix, Abrams, Amulet Books


Fourteen-year-old Ronan Boyle is the youngest and lowliest recruit to the secret Garda, an Irish police force that handles the misdeeds of numerous magical creatures. Ronan’s parents are in jail, but Ronan is convinced that they were framed by the wee people. So, despite his small size, poor eyesight, and social awkwardness, he’s determined to learn all he can in the Garda in order to prove his parents’ innocence. To show he’s got what it takes, he’ll have to confront a fiery leprechaun, a sinister harpy, and a whole world of monsters hidden in plain sight next to real-life Ireland. Fast-paced, action-packed, and completely hilarious, this is the start to an exciting new middle-grade series by actor and writer Thomas Lennon.

approx. 304 pages

Out March 5, 2019


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

This is a middle-grade fun, fantastical read. The ARC I received had draft sketches/artwork in it by Hendrix who is just a marvel with illustrating.

The author is a brilliant writer known for his English humor and fun character development. I’m glad to see him entering the children’s book industry so that a younger crowd can benefit from his skill and creations too.

In this book, Lennon’s MC is a quirky, nerdy kid, a bit of a misfit with a huge heart. His personality is charming and his antics endearing. He means well, but things don’t always go the way he intends them to.  He collects a great group of friends, also somewhat of a bunch of misfits, that includes a dog with a brilliantly developed character.

Full of adventures, quests, friendships, and training into a secret society. In my opinion, this book would appeal to lads who are struggling with reading, mainly because of the humor that includes farting leprechauns and gooey, gross situations. Things boys appreciate more. (Although, I’m certain girls will enjoy too).

This is book one of a fantasy series that includes magic, fairies, leprechauns, and other magical creatures. Great settings surround the characters and funny mishaps and adventures keep the reader turning pages.

Some may claim that certain topic matter isn’t really for a younger middle-grader, but with the way of the world today, what’s contained in this book is mild in comparison. I think it will appeal to all MG readers.

Fun, silly, gross and endearing, an interesting combination of appeal.

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