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Conductoid by M.B. Lehane

March 9, 2016

ConductoidConductoid by M.B. Lehane. Pub. http://www.conductoid.com     2016.

Eleven year old Jack is a Conductoid but he doesn’t know it. He is about to enter a fantasy world governed by a Universal Rule – no, adults are not always right – but that there exists an infinite number of parallel universes and no being can use their powers outside the confines of their dimension.

Complicated? Not really. Fantasy is for good readers with a large imagination, this novel requires that. It is also true that for a novel to be credible characters must move from one position and set of behaviours to another, hopefully for the better. Jack does this.

At the beginning of the novel Jack is selfish, lazy and impertinent. He has a slack attitude to learning and school and his behaviour towards his twin sister Phoebe and his mother is not good. He also daydreams but this is to be his gateway to the world of Conductoids.

While Jack daydreams  a hooded stranger emerges from the darkness of his mind and gets Jack to accomplish a number of tasks that involve saving people from precarious positions. Not only does he save them but he turns into a number of superhuman characters to do so. First episode he saves a girl from drowning and Jack in real life cannot swim.

The hooded stranger is a Master Veriator or Azan and he tells Jack he must learn from his transformations. But will Jack learn? Basically he has to and through this he changes for the better.

At the same time as all this goes on, Jack has to live his school and family life with his friend Ty, his sister Phoebe, his mother and an array of characters that add a lot of fun to the story. He deals with bullies Damon and Hartley and the Russian shop owners, the Dibbles, who import astonishing sweets with tastes to satisfy your inner cravings.

I can tell you no more you will have to read the novel to find out. I will tell you that the novel is told with some panache and is very funny and serious at the same time. M.B. Lehane has really analysed his upbringing and his school life and brought it to life. He has an impressive control of language that will delight you for example, it is rare to see the words Kerfuffle and Skeddaddle used within a page of each other.

For intermediate and junior high school students. I dare you to read it.

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