Mikey Sanchez is an 11 year old 5th grader from the inner city. Like most kids his age, he looks forward to summer vacation. However, he had no idea this summer would be one he would never forget. While spending time at his Aunt and Uncle’s beach house in North Carolina, Mikey would meet two new friends, Skip and Danni. Together the trio would form “The Beach Club”. During the summer they would spend time riding body boards, camping out on the beach, visiting the local water park and solving a magical mystery that would shake the entire town. “Magic Beach” is the first volume in the “Beach Club” series by author T. Johnson. Look for additional volumes and other titles by this author in the future.
First lines: It was the last day of school and Mikey was counting down the seconds. “Three….two….one” RRRRIIIIIINNNGG! The school bell sounded and 5th grade was history.
Magic Beach’s target audience is roughly upper elementary and lower middle school age. I say this with a bit of hesitation because I feel like it could fit a broader age range depending on the child. I read it to my almost three year old son and he ate it up.
The story is simple but is fun and exciting. It has plenty of relatable points for kids as well as enough action to keep them interested. The adults in the story are realistic and I enjoyed how they played a part in the story instead of taking a back seat. To me, putting adults in stories for kids helps enforce that adults aren’t their enemy. We are their caretakers and friends as well.
Mikey is a regular kid. His life isn’t perfect but he doesn’t dwell on the things or people he doesn’t have. It was nice to read from such a grounded kids perspective. I think there is way to much emphasis on kids who are in single parent homes losses instead of what they gain from the experience.
Johnson has written a fun, exciting and realistic (ish) story. I enjoyed reading it and I know my son did as well.
Total hit in my house. 5 star book!
The Technical Data:
Title: Magic Beach | Series: The Beach Club | Author(s): T. Johnson |Publisher: Outskirts Press / Publication Date: 11-21-2012 |Pages: 132 (Print) | ISBN: 978-1432793166 | Genre(s): Action & Adventure (Mid-Grade) | Language: English |Rating: 5 out of 5 | Date Read: 7-25-2016 |Source: Copy from author