Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand
R. S. Mellette
Published: 8th December, 2014
Elephant’s Bookshelf Press
“E = mc2 is no longer the most powerful force in the universe. Your wand is.”
Twelve-year-old Billy and his best friend Suzy Quinofski didn’t mean to change the universe. Billy, a quantum physics prodigy, just wanted to find a way to help his hoarding, schizophrenic mother – and maybe impress a coven of older girls in high school. Suzy, his intellectual equal, wanted to help her friend and cling to her last remnant of childhood, a belief in magic. Together they made Billy a real, working, magic wand, and opened a door to the Quantum World where thoughts create reality, and all things – good and bad – are possible.
What I liked: As terrible at anything to do with math and most sciences I was profoundly fascinated by the concept upon which this book was built. Magic being a very high prolific science. The way it was all explained though was easy to follow and understand, I could understand what these two twelve year old who were prodigies in science and knew terms and theories I had never heard of were saying. The story is fast paced and has very few moments where it slows down for a breather. That kept it engaging and kept me wanting to know more about what was going to happen. The first part in of itself had many things happen to explain what led up to Suzy Quinofski being interrogated and Billy Bobble nothing less than missing. From there everything kept building up to the end which was great!
What I didn’t liked: I still have problems with the “super smart kid” thing in books. I know they exist out there, kids who are prodigies in something that normally takes most people a long time to understand but I don’t think it took away from the book. It means that younger kids can relate to the characters in a way about being in new places and have to find a way to fit in. It’s just something that I personally don’t like.
Overall Review: I really enjoyed this book. I loved seeing how these two kids changed everything and made one of the few instances of Quantum Physics that people can actually use. There are very few of those today but Billy and Suzy make another, both on purpose and on accident when you look at it. While I did guess a few things that ended up happening would happen I was overall surprised by what happened in the book. Suzy and Billy, while being geniuses, were characters who are relatable in several instances as young kids. I found this book very entertaining. Those gnomes though. And the way the kids explained schizophrenia was something that intrigued me, and Alzheimer’s. That part fascinated me the most.
Recommend?: Very much so, and not just for the intended Middle Grade audience but for other, older people as well. These characters are fun and their adventure was fascinating!
My Rating: 4.5/5
Check out the rest of the tour here!
About the Author
R.S. Mellette has written, directed, designed and acted in theatre, film, television, and publishing for over 30 years. His credits in various jobs include XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS, NUTTY PROFESSOR II: THE KLUMPS, BLUE CRUSH, and his own JACKS OR BETTER, which won Dances With Films Best Screenplay award in 2000. He has been working with the festival ever since.
His novel, Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand, released in December 2014 from Elephant’s Bookshelf Press. For novelists, Mellette blogs for From The Write Angle. For filmmakers, he writes for Dances With Films.
- 1st Prize- *signed* copy of Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand
- 2nd Prize- Season two of Xena: Warrior Princess
- Open to US only
- Ends 2/25/15
*Books and Ashes is not responsible for any lost, damaged, or unreceived materials that you may win. Books and Ashes does not handle the materials, or have any input on who receives a prize. In the case of a Books and Ashes Sponsored Giveaway Random.org will choose the winner. US and international followers eligible where applicable.