Thursday, August 5, 2021

Review: The Legend of Hobart by Heather Mullaly with Giveaway!

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 Tired of being teased about his name and his stutter, twelve-year-old Hobart sets out to do a few heroic deeds and earn a place in Knight School. But nothing goes to plan in this humorous fantasy book.

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The Legend of Hobart
By Heather Mullaly
Middle Grade Fantasy
Released on 26 July 2021







 

Tired of being teased about his name and his stutter, twelve-year-old Hobart sets out to do a few heroic deeds and earn a place in Knight School. But the local damsels he hopes to save assure him that the last thing they need is rescuing. The runaway bull he tries to catch wears him like a hat. And don't even ask about the ogre.

Finally, in desperation, Hobart sets out on the most daring quest he can think of--he will slay a dragon. Or that's his plan anyway.

The Legend of Hobart is a hilarious, heart-felt adventure, for the would-be hero in all of us.

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Every page holds imagination, adventure, and a boy to root for until the very end. In other words, this is one to get lost in...or read more than once.

Hobart is twelve-years-old and longs to be a hero, but he's got a few things stacked against him. Not only is he teased for something he can't change, but his town is not exactly needing any heroes. But Hobart doesn't have to worry because he's soon wrapped up in more adventure than he could have ever dreamed...and it might just be the beginning.

This is such a lovely read and perfect for middle graders. While the bullying theme is often seen in middle grade literature, Hobart handles it very well and lets it propel him into hero-ness mode. He has a heart of gold and a thirst for adventure. It's hard not to love his determination and root for him. But then, this book is about more than that. Hobart has a long journey ahead of him and the wit to fit. He makes mistakes....tons of mistakes, but as with heroes should be, it works out in the end. And he grows with every step.

The writing in this one is very refreshing, and some will probably like it more than others. The author lures in and allows a whimsical flow, while still packing tension, battles, and problems, which leave the reader fevering to see if Hobart makes it through. Every now and then, the author puts in words which readers may or may not recognize, and that's good so. It expands the vocabulary without frustrating or hurting the flow. Each scene sits, and it's easy to understand what's going on (even when some depth on explanation is missing)...but with this sort of adventure, that doesn't really harm a thing.

I was afraid this one might slide into a bullying novel, but it comes through very well and lets Hobart shine for everything he is. I assume...hope?...there will be another book following because Hobart's journey seems to have just begun.


And here she is...

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Heather Mullaly is a passionate believer in the power of story. When she isn’t writing them, reading them, or listening to them, she can usually be found baking something that involves chocolate, thinking up new story ideas before she’s finished the two she’s currently writing, or hanging out with her family, who happen to be even more fantastic than the characters in her head. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their three teenagers.

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