Fantastic Fist/MowTown

Midnight Arcade: A Play-Your-Way Adventure

Written by Gabe Soria, Illustrated by Kendall Hale

Gabe Soria has found a fun way to combine gaming with reading. The adventure begins when you take a subway to the end of the line and that’s when things get a bit bizarre. Soon you find yourself in the dark, creepy basement of an arcade. A teenager with glowing eyes shows you 2 games: Fantastic Fist and MowTown. Now it is time to choose. Both games offer excitement and peril. Yes, sometimes you don’t make it out alive. Overall, it is a fun reading ride, though the stories are on the simple side. One downside is that some of the vocabulary is a bit advanced for mid-grade readers, ie: cacophonous, bucolic, etc. It is never a bad thing for students to learn something new, but they might not stick with the book to the end. If they do, they will be highly entertained.

Reviewed by Teresa Edmunds, Media Clerk, Westbrook Elementary
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 6-9

Midnight Arcade
Fantastic Fist/Mowtown
Written by Gabe Soria, Illustrated by Kendall Hale
Penguin Workshop
251 pages
Release Date: March 26, 2019
ISBN: 9781524784331
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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