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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
I have read a couple of good books this year where the hero is somehow transported to a fantastic realm by mysterious and magical means. It’s an angle I like as a reader. I like the magical and fantastic landscapes, but it’s nice when the hero is from this time, and thinks and has the same values that I do. This is the first time I've seen this technique used during a school field trip and, to be honest, the heroes I read about are usually a little older than these kids. This did not make World of the Orb any less fun. In fact, it made it better. I was in the mood for heroes who are a little younger and maybe a little less responsible than they should have been. Michael Thompson delivered some great young heroes.
I like this book. I like the youthful tone. I like the sense of wonder and the willingness to just go with it, though to be fair, most times our heroes had no choice. I love that the hero is a reader. I was a reader, but nobody picked on me because I was also a jock, though not a great one. Marvin and Andy took me back to my high school years, and that’s always a pleasant trip for me. The plot is good. The characters are great, and the writing is right on point. With a little luck and a lot of savvy marketing, Michael Thompson could have a breakout hit on his hands here.