February 6, 2012
The Seventh Level by Jody Feldman
Travis Raines has a knack for getting into trouble. Its not like he’s a bad kid or anything — he’d never do anything to hurt anyone else. But he’s an active, strong minded 7th grader and when he sees something that needs doing, he does it.
When someone throw his best friend’s autographed ball cap out the window and it gets caught on a nail? Naturally, Travis heads up to the roof and knocks the cap free. Its just his rotten luck that the assistant principal shows up.
Now she’s keeping an eye on him and that’s bad because she isn’t the only one watching Travis. A secret school society, known as the Legend, has issued Travis a series of challenges. Pass them and he’s in. But how can he hang a banner, drop things in an unused locker and dig up some plantings without getting in trouble? Slowly but surely Travis starts to wonder if the Legend isn’t the only one dropping challenges off for him to complete. And what if some of these challenges lead to nothing but trouble?
This is an excellent book for anyone who loves a good puzzle. Some of them are numeric. Others are word based. But all in all they are great fun and a huge challenge. I managed to figure out all but one.
Then there’s the mystery. Who’s in the Legend? And if the Legend isn’t issuing all of the challenges, who is behind the others? As Travis unravels this one, he learns that people aren’t always who you think they are. You have to know the story behind the story.
This book is a great boy book — lots of action and suspense. But with a strong female character, and all of those great puzzles, this is also a book that go-get-’em girls would love.
Feldman has done it again. Pick up this book and puzzle through it with the tween in your life.