Christopher Rowe and his wife Glenda Bond are both published authors living in Lexington, KY, where Christopher works for Joseph-Beth Booksellers. His writing has been a finalist for both the Nebula and Hugo Awards. This is their first collaboration and their first middle grade fiction.
This series opener followers a boy who moves to NYC after his dad is chosen to take over as head chef and “culinary alchemist” at a school for monsters and magical creatures–aka “supernormals.” In a timelessly popular trope, Stephen discovers he has some magical abilities, makes a couple of human friends who act as advisors and sidekicks, and joins forces them to recover his father’s magical recipe book when it is stolen. It’s got great worldbuilding and a fast-paced witty plot.
Fellow Joseph-Beth bookseller Kate Schreffler sent me a nice early review of the book:
The Supernormal Sleuthing Service was fantastic! The friendship between the three main characters was unique and realistic, even while they dealt with the fantasy world around them. This book is delightful and entertaining, and also promotes friendship, trust, and being open to new experiences. I am looking forward to telling little kids and big kids alike about how much fun I had reading this book.”
“The light mystery will charm readers with its secret magical society, unusual characters, caring father-son relationship, and enchanted hotel setting. Monstrous fun!”
The Supernormal Sleuthing Service #1: The Lost Legacy (9780062459947) by Gwenda Bond and Christopher Rowe. $16.99 hardcover. 5/2/17 on sale.