Word Nerd Review: Peter Green and the Unliving Academy – Angelina Allsop
by Trisha Quezada
Purgatory. Doesn’t exactly give you a warm fuzzy feeling. And neither does waking up lying in the middle of the floor of what appears to be a train station, remembering nothing but your name.
Peter Green is a resourceful kid though, one with guts. So when the taxi drops him off at the beginning of a fog-shrouded dirt road, he gathers up his courage and sets off. At the end of the road is Mrs. Battisworth’s Academy and Haven for Unliving Boys and Girls. Peter’s dead, and per the rules of Purgatory, he doesn’t know how or why. All he knows is that he NEEDS to remember something, someONE, important.
He makes it his mission to figure out what the missing memory is – all while getting used to a new school, new friends, and the reality of his new life in Purgatory, complete with werewolves, monsters, and all kinds of crazy superpowers. Peter’s new unliving friends team up to help him with his mission and surviving unliving high school.
Peter’s story is a ton of fun. It’s definitely written for a younger audience (my 10-year-old is loving it), but it was an entertaining read for me as well. In fact, I think this would be a perfect book for family bedtime stories. There’s humor and excitement to keep the kids engaged and a really interesting world and characters for middle schoolers and adults. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series! This is one we’ll come back to again and again.
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