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Old Flames and Heroes

By Mord McGhee


Reviewed by Angie Mangino

Rating: 4 stars

Luck, love, and lake monsters play a major role in this adventurous novel which draws in readers as they relate to Oliver.


“Oliver is the most famous boy at Belray Elementary in Bentwood, Pennsylvania.”


He rescued Buddy, the firehouse dog who had fallen through the thin ice, thus becoming a hero.


A little blue sun appears in the sky.  Its meaning and its repercussions play an important role in the story.


“It was the sort of magic that followed Oliver around… Oliver doesn’t always understand what he sees and hears, but he has a unique way of pulling it together into his own terms.”


Young readers will enjoy this tale that brims with imagination, transcending the real world in ways only an eleven-year-old can phantom.