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Quinton Peters was the golden boy of the Rosewood low-income housing projects, receiving full scholarship offers to two different Ivy League schools. When he mysteriously goes missing, his little sister, 13-year-old Amari Peters, can’t understand why it’s not a bigger deal. Why isn’t his story all over the news? And why do the police automatically assume he was into something illegal?
Then Amari discovers a ticking briefcase in her brother’s old closet. A briefcase meant for her eyes only. There was far more to Quinton, it seems, than she ever knew. He’s left her a nomination for a summer tryout at the secretive Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. Amari is certain the answer to finding out what happened to him lies somewhere inside, if only she can get her head around the idea of mermaids, dwarves, yetis and magicians all being real things, something she has to instantly confront when she is given a weredragon as a roommate.
Amari must compete against some of the nation’s wealthiest kids—who’ve known about the supernatural world their whole lives and are able to easily answer questions like which two Great Beasts reside in the Atlantic Ocean and how old is Merlin? Just getting around the Bureau is a lesson alone for Amari with signs like ‘Department of Hidden Places this way, or is it?’ If that all wasn’t enough, every Bureau trainee has a talent enhanced to supernatural levels to help them do their jobs – but Amari is given an illegal ability. As if she needed something else to make her stand out.
With an evil magican threatening the whole supernatural world, and her own classmates thinking she is an enemy, Amari has never felt more alone. But if she doesn’t pass the three tryouts, she may never find out what happened to Quinton.
From the very first chapters I had this feeling that Amari’s adventures in Supernatural Investigations are going to be huge in the future. These are the books that will be on every reader’s lips, every bookshelf in homes, schools and libraries and will be shared with children for years to come.
Amari and the Night Brothers is the first book in a new series that strongly resembles a cross between Harry Potter and Men in Black. It’s a delightful series with a strong, curious and intelligent female lead and will captivate any young reader’s attention. I cannot wait to get it in school and share with pupils and adults.
Amari’s brother Quentin is missing, and nobody seems to be able to explain anything – until a mysterious message is delivered and Amari finds herself as a trainee in the Bureau of Supernatural Investigations. Surrounded by people who have grown up all their lives knowing this hidden world exists and it’s secrets, Amari has to work hard and defy all barriers to keep her place and her only way of finding out what happened to her brother. Armani is soon marked as the enemy and with a sinister threat hanging over the supernatural world, can she find the courage and strength to do what is needed?
Amari is a fabulous character. A fierce, black female lead who knows what it’s like to be bullied and belittled but who refuses to change herself or give up. Her characteristics and values are a really good example for middle grade ages and she is so easy to fall in love with.
The supernatural world is just fabulous. The bureau and summer school are such magical places to be and I was in awe of all the different creatures that existed. I loved how there were a variety of roles for different abilities and enjoyed the world where everyone’s strengths were played to. As Amari travelled the halls of the bureau, I was as enthralled as she was. I completely fell into the book and was sad when it was time to leave (for now). Lots of little details added to the magic of the setting including elevators with different personalities.
A cleverly created magical world, a strong and fierce female lead, witty and captivating writing all mix together to create a wonderful new world that will be on everyone’s tongues in 2021. I cannot wait for the next instalment but until then – I highly recommend you pre-order a copy of this and get ready to have some fun.
Author Bio – B. B. Alston
When not writing, he can be found eating too many sweets and exploring country roads to see where they lead.