Reviewed by Dinorah Blackman for Readers' Favorite
In this brilliant novel, Xavier: St Griswold College for Abandoned Boys, the story is told of thirteen-year-old Xavier Jones who seems to have a normal life with his parents and younger sister. But one day, for no apparent reason, his parents drop him off at St. Griswold College For Abandoned Boys. All Xavier knows is that there seemed to be some financial problems and his parents then made the decision to dispose of him. Now he clings to an old photograph of the four of them that becomes a reminder of simpler, happier times. This condition of abandonment pushes Xavier into a whirlwind of fear and a host of other negative emotions that threaten to destroy him. Sensing his vulnerability, bullies rush in and Xavier struggles to stay strong. And in so doing he discovers the voices, the Celestial Power, and strange encounters between forces. In the end, Xavier is caught in the middle of an adventure that turns into the timeless battle between good and evil.
E.M. Cooper is a superb writer who has mastered the ability to capture the reader’s attention and to deliver unpredictable plots. Cooper uses language that is appropriate and easy to understand for young and old. His knowledge of how a thirteen-year-old boy’s mind works adds credibility to the story. The characters are easy to relate to and one can easily visualise each one of them while reading. Cooper’s unusual plot relies on his ability to play with words in such a way that the reader can’t keep from turning the pages. The ending of this story leaves room for a sequel that will surely impress fans and leave them begging for more.