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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Tell, or the Adventures in Themiddle is a work of fiction written for young adults by author L. N. Mayer. Our titular character is William Teller Fontaine, who begins the story as an attendee at Theffects School for Troubled Boys. Upon his expulsion from the school, Tell returns home and begins a journey of surreal self-exploration as he encounters a series of highly fantastical things. One such thing is a shape-shifting elephant that obeys many of Tell’s own thoughts, which sets him on the road to discovering the roots of the atrocity that got him expelled from school in the first place.
Mature middle-grade readers and those at the younger end of the young adult spectrum will surely be absolutely spellbound by the work of author L. N. Mayer in this highly atmospheric, well-described, and utterly thrilling adventure. There is a clear love for language throughout the work, which I'm certain will challenge younger readers to explore the ways in which they can also play with language to convey their meanings. I enjoyed the dreamlike atmosphere and surreal quality of scene-making, which reminded me somewhat of the works of Lewis Carroll and serve to conceptualize Tell’s world and welcome us into its many bizarre quirks and fascinations. Underlying all of this are some important moral themes about our true selves and the consequences of our own actions, which give a realistic and emotive backdrop to the adventure itself. Overall, I would highly recommend Tell, or the Adventures in Themiddle for any young reader looking for a unique and fascinating new read.