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Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite
Darkness has returned to the borders of Fairyland. A great evil wrought with magic that threatens everything and everyone. It is taking prisoners. There is something different about it this time; it is not a harbinger of change but of disaster. It has an agenda. Whilst its nature cannot be determined, the sound of Queen Lenora's name—Sandra as she is known in Normal—is being carried in chants upon the wind. As the quest for answers leads them to an old house, Will and Sandra uncover a mystery from long ago, but during their investigation, something strange starts to happen; no matter where they go they are being shadowed by a van. Can they discover the truth buried in the past before the warning brought with the darkness comes to pass?
Homer Underby by Elgon Williams is a children's urban fantasy written in the first person perspective of Will, the protagonist. It follows his life, adventures, and friendship along with his trials and tribulations. It is written in a manner that children will find easy to follow. I enjoyed how it brought up issues such as climate change, renewable energy, and steps to be taken to reduce the carbon footprint. I liked how it tries to instill good behaviors such as being a good sport and how to behave with respect and honesty. The investigation they undertake is gripping and allows the reader to piece together information. There are interesting revelations, danger, and uncertainty as events escalate. This is quite the adventure for children, and the characters are easy to relate to and empathize with. This is the second book in The Thuperman trilogy; however, I was still able to follow events with ease.