Death's Academy by Michael Bast
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Tween fantasy
Book Description: The Death’s Academy entrance exam for Midnight Smith is quickly approaching. There’s just one problem: Midnight is the worst exam taker the academy has ever seen. If Midnight wants to ever step foot inside the school, he’ll have to join forces with the hated Guardian Angels, and together face the deadliest creatures in the world—the dreaded Unicorns. Becoming a Grim Reaper has never been more hilarious!
My thoughts: Midnight (Night for short) was born to be a Reaper. He has to pass an exam to get into Death's Academy to fulfill his goal. He struggles with passing the exam because his family cannot afford a mentor to help him, he really doesn't have the discipline to do it on his own.
He is an excellent roller, a key position on his team. He figures that he will use his skills to get into the academy. His quest is not an easy one. There are challenges and obstacles to be faced with his friends.
Night is a very interesting character. He has issues. He has a chip on his shoulder and attitude. He suffers from his father's notoriety. Chuckles ensue when they find out his last name is Smith. To fight back, he is a rule breaker.
I believe that this is a fun book for tweens and older. There is potty humor, which as a mother I know will draw my sons into the book. For my sons, it is appealing and funny. My 14 year old and my 10 year old will really enjoy reading this book.
About the Author: Unlike Mowgli from the Jungle Book, MICHAEL BAST was not raised by a den of wolves… it was a mob of meerkats. This has proven to be both problematic and beneficial later in life. A problem because he has an insatiable desire to tunnel in his backyard, costing him thousands of dollars in sprinkler repair. A benefit because he can scratch behind both ears with either foot.