Best Teen & Young Adult Coming of Age Fiction Reviews From BookViral

"Slade has created a story with timeless appeal..."

Teen & Young Adult Coming of Age Fiction

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  • ASIN: ‎ B0CW3HX4FV
  • Publisher: ‎ Bennie Rosa (March 16, 2024)
  • Publication date: ‎ March 16, 2024
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Print length: ‎ 178 pages
  • Genre: Teen & Young Adult Coming of Age Fiction

 

The BookViral Review:

An enthralling blend of magic and adventure, ‘The Magic Parachute’ reminds us why well-written Coming Of Age fiction for young readers retains its timeless appeal.

With a plethora of novel ideas alongside wonderfully vivid imagery, Slade draws his readers in as they discover the enchantment of his Outer Hebrides setting where nothing is easy and “there’s always something pushing at you”. There is much by the way of delightful detail and one cannot help but be reminded of other well-received children’s fantasies which have captured the imaginations of young and old alike.

On the surface, Slade brings us all things ‘boys’ and there is no doubt that his plot choices tick all the boxes for a male readership but his tender exploration of loss and extraordinary friendship will appeal to boys and girls alike. Most importantly Slade knows how to excite and involve his readers and doesn’t want us to simply read, but to feel, wonder and also dream.

Built on archetypal plot strands that pleasingly come together The Magic Parachute benefits from a clever narrative that’s relatively straightforward in its execution whilst the metaphysical aspects of Slade’s tale will leave many readers reflecting on the evil mankind does to the world about us and the wildlife that suffers for the choices we make.

Avoiding unnecessary explanations as to the magical origins of Robbie’s parachute Slade simply portrays the challenges of the quest upon which Robbie and Alfonso find themselves and on this level, it’s a winning concept.

Of course, the suspension of disbelief is a requisite, but Slade’s young protagonist and his Albatross friend always feel real as they attempt to make sense of events in which they find themselves embroiled and it makes for a rip-roaring read and a tale to be returned to over and over again. The Magic Parachute is highly recommended!

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