A colourful middle-grade adventure. Twelve-year-old Bertie Allbright has a unique gift that allows him to see people’s auras. His mum falls ill, opening Bertie up to a world of healing crystals, dangerous, aura-sucking Ampires, the Inspectrum and Jett Black, who has plans to rule a world filled with darkness. With the help of Stu, his best friend and Jasper, Stu’s energetic and lovable dog, Bertie set’s out to find a crystal that will hopefully help to heal his mum, and perhaps even his sister. I thought that ‘True Colours’ by T. J. Healy was a brief and entertaining adventure story. There’s lots going on to keep the reader turning the page, with mystery, action and adventure as Bertie and his friends try to find Solas and evade the Hertzers and Ampires (a great name and play on words). I liked Stu’s character, his naïve comments as he cannot see auras but unwavering support of Bertie. Like his sunny yellow aura, Stu brings a lightness and levity to the storyline even when injured. ‘True Colours’ is just the start of this adventure, with mysteries surrounding the whereabouts of Bertie’s dad, what Bertie’s special, rainbow aura means and of course what will happen to Jett Black and the Inspectrum. An entertaining and easy to read beginning to an adventure series.
Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading4Kids Ambassador