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‘The Adventures of Jimmy Crikey: The Emerald Lake’ by Wallace E Briggs is the fourth book that follows an alien orphan Jimmy McGellan, nicknamed Jimmy Crikey by bullies due to his unusually large feet. Now Jimmy is a teenager, and while he lives happily on earth among his four witch guardians and has lots of friends in different realms, he feels like something is missing. With the same fast pacing as previous books, we not only see Jimmy help the Aquamites of Emerald Lake from flesh eating serpents but also fall in love. Although this is the fourth book in the series I think that there is sufficient information provided to read this as a standalone, or to read the books slightly out of order but I would suggest that to get the most enjoyment out of this book and get to know all of the characters, it would be best to follow Jimmy’s adventures from the beginning. Combining both fantasy and sci-fi, The Adventures of Jimmy Crikey are great for readers who like a sure thing, who want adventure without too much tension and jeopardy. Amongst the magic and the witchcraft, as always it’s the things that make Jimmy different are the things that enable him to help his friends and keep the inhabitants of the Emerald Lake safe, which is a great message for young readers. Perhaps catering to the older end of the middle-grade audience, readers aged 11/12 looking for a fast paced adventure could enjoy this series. Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading4Kids Ambassador
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