Join Charlie Benjamin on a "fast-paced, action-packed" adventure. When Charlie's nightmares bring monsters to Earth, Charlie gets a once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn to control his powers at the incredible Nightmare Academy. "marvelous creatures" greet Charlie and his new friends as they embark on "a straight-forward thrill ride" of "rip-roaring monster slayings" in a debut novel that's "pure entertainment."
In Lorey's debut, 13-year-old Charlie has nightmares, during which terrible things happen in the real world. The teen, it turns out, has the ability to open portals to the Netherworld, through which vicious monsters can travel. When a beast attacks Charlie's family, they are rescued by a cowboy named Rex and a team of "Nethermancers." Charlie is whisked away to the Nightmare Academy, where he learns to control his powerful skill. However, he accidentally releases a powerful monster called Barakkas, who kidnaps Charlie's parents, and Charlie and his friends must attempt a rescue. Lorey deftly blends the comic with the suspenseful, and has created a solid premise, as well as a compelling hero in Charlie. (Nearly friendless growing up, Charlie's exceptional talents set him apart at the Academy as well: "He'd spent his entire life feeling like an outcast, but now that he was in a place full of kids just like him, the last thing he wanted was to hear how different he was.") A fast-paced and exciting read for kids in search of a comedic fantasy fix. Ages 10-up.
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The book was really really good can't wait to read the next one