Midnight on Strange Street

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One night a blue light burned at the end of Cedar Lane in Callaway, TX. It burned for an hour and then was gone. This incident was made into legend and gave the road the nickname Strange Street. Callaway became known for its new industry Glow Inc. that sold an extraterrestrial substance called glow. The only thing it is really used for is a new sport called glowboarding.

Many years later, Avery, Dani, Lola, and Bastian moved to the street. They became friends and made a glowboarding team naming themselves the Sardines. Their biggest rivals the Grackles had just beat them in every race. Of course, it does not hurt that the Grackles have Mitchell Jensen, whose father owns Glow Inc. that makes all the glowboards and accessories. Things are going okay until the last day of school when Lola gets so mad, she causes food to levitate and then explode all over Mitchell. Most think it was a kid pulling a prank, others think it was something having to do with the war that set and explosion.

The team comes to realize that all of them have felt a flame inside them and they can connect to each other’s thoughts, which will give them just the advantage they need at the ultimate race Glow in the Park. As they get stronger, they are contacted by otherworldly beings saying they have placed the “elixir” there to protect them and they are planning to eradicate the world. The only problem is that the Sardines are only getting part of the message because there is a fifth person and they do not know who it is. With the biggest race of the year coming up and aliens to appease will the Sardines be able to win the race and save the world or end up falling flat?

This book was awesome! I loved it so much! It had great pacing, action, and intrigue. This one kept me on the edge of my seat. Descriptions were perfect for middle-grade kids. Callaway felt like a small-town even though it was a city. Glowboarding is awesome, I wish it were a real sport. The added mystery of the blue flame is just epic. I loved the added parts that someone was making a deal about glow and then after those connected with the aliens.

The characters were very well fleshed out. They had their own voice and personality. You could see it from Dani’s in charge personality to Lola’s sweet and peacemaking one. It was also interesting to see how the family dynamic directly affected the kids. I loved that it switched during the four main characters’ points of view. It was really well done.

My favorite parts were feeling like I was glowboarding along with the characters. It was just an amazing feeling. I also loved that even though there was a lot of action the author took time to make sure you knew the characters and all the things each one was dealing with. I think it would make middle graders feel like someone really gets them.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes action, mystery, or sci-fi. Perfect for upper elementary and up.

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Author K. E. Ormsbee
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 400 pages
Publisher Disney-Hyperion
Publish Date 2020-01-21
ISBN 9781368047685
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Issue July 2020
Category Young Adult


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