Life’s not going to well for Zach Brinkley at the moment. His parents have split up, He hates Mum’s new boyfriend Bruce Gosling aka “ Goose” and getting hit by a truck is simply the final straw.
He suddenly finds himself plunged into a world that, while not altogether real is not altogether unreal either: He is clinically dead and not enjoying the experience at all.
Angel of Fire is a great read for the 10 – 14 year age range packed full of adventure, challenge and intrigue along with some subtle, and not so subtle hints on growing up carefully tucked away among the pages.
When Zach Brinkley gets hit by a truck on his way to school he suddenly finds himself plunged into a world that, while not altogether real is not altogether unreal either, which as you can imagine poses some serious challenges.He is clinically dead and not enjoying the experience at all.
He does not like the feeling that he can see what is going on but is not really there: sure it’s great that he can leave his body and see things from a different view but when he realises this might be a state he can remain in for ever and ever, he decides that tantrum throwing will hardly work this time so he decides to make a list of endless promises to be good, if only he can stay.
This totally upsets Astra, his angelic guide who has the job of escorting people to the “other side”. When Zach does not want to go it opens up a whole new world of experience, not only for Zach but for Astra as she struggles to do her job but finds friendship with mortals comes at a price- one she finally has to pay.
Along the way Zach meets Milly and Billy, twins who feral souls, who are always keen to help out in solving mysteries, as well as setting things to a rap beat, and a host of other angelic and not so angelic souls in the world of the departed.
Once Zach realises he is living between two worlds he finally works out that there was a reason for being hit by the truck and he, along with Billy, Milly, his dratted worst enemy Sophie Ferguson, miss know-it-all from school, set out to find out just what was going on in Zach’s life before he joined the realms of the other side with unexpected results.
Zach learns much about his life and the way be behaves as well as making firm friends with Astra, Milly, Billy and strangely enough Sophie Ferguson, as he slowly return to life in his real, earthly, everyday existence.
Angel of Fire is a great read for the 10 – 14 year age with some subtle, and not so subtle hints on growing up carefully tucked away among the pages.
|Author||Wendy Milton Ill: Barbara Ridden|