Bad Magic
Middle Grade / Juvenile / May 20, 2016

Bad #1. Author: Pseudonymous Bosch. Summary: Magic is BAD. As in fake. Cheesy. Unreal. At least, that’s what Clay, who has seen one magic show too many, thinks. When words from his journal appear mysteriously on his school wall as graffiti, he never imagines that magic might be to blame. And when the same graffiti lands him at Earth Ranch, a camp for “troubled” kids on a remote volcanic island, magic is the last thing he expects to find there. But at Earth Ranch, there is one strange surprise after another, until Clay no longer knows what to expect. Is he really talking to a llama? Did he really see a ghost? What is the scary secret hidden in the abandoned library? The only thing he knows for sure is that behind the clouds of vog (volcanic smog), nothing is as it seems. Can he solve the riddle of Earth Ranch before trouble erupts? (Goodreads summary.) Content Review: Sexual content: Character says “Well, she’s got a good looking side, anyway. Two of them, front and back.” Language: There is some talking about “bad words” and some use of symbols (@#$$%!) but beyond one use of ‘bloody’ there is no actual…