The HellandBack Kids: Be Careful What You Wish For
CreateSpace, Feb 24 2011, $12.05
In the middle of the night in Boston, tweener Chris Hellandback runs into his parents’ bedroom insisting something is in his closet. His father checks mumbling they may be back. He returns to his bedroom saying there is nothing in the room and that Chris and his siblings (Brittany; Trisha and Jon) will spend time with their great-grandmother in Scotland.
None of the kids look forward to boring Scotland with no electrons, but almost upon arrival they realize their elderly relative’s ancient hospital she calls a home is filled with odd residents, wonderment and magic that transports them to diverse scenarios testing their weaknesses. Chris ends up in the realm of the world of the Bundlebobs where he meets the spirit of his late great-grandfather Alastair. Brittany ends up in fourteenth century London during the great bubonic plague pandemic. Trisha finds herself sleeping in a coffin in which she ends up in eighteenth century England where the man of her dreams is a nightmare. Jon lands in a corporate jungle filled with hostile boardroom betrayers who loath him as the anointed heir to the CEO.
This is a superb middle school fantasy as the adventures of the children rotate. The key to this exciting storyline is how different the personalities of the fearsome foursome are while confronted with nightmarish decisions that challenge your self-esteem while forced to face one’s greatest weakness (fear). Fans will understand why The Hellandback Kids: Be Careful What You Wish For has won several awards as they each of the stars go off on a dangerous adventure.