Monday, May 14, 2007

Demon Keeper - Royce Buckingham

Nat has a very special ability; he is one of a very few individuals who can actually see demons. Of course most of the demons aren't made up of pure evil; they are simply very mischievous. Orphaned at the age of 12, Nat was rescued from the foster system by his demon keeper mentor, Dhaliwahl. Dhaliwahl trained Nat in the art of keeping demons and keeping humans safe from demons. Demons are meant to be kept, not destroyed! But now Dhalwahl has disappeared and it’s up to Nat and his minions (isn’t it great to be able to use the word minion in the literal sense?) to rescue the world from the worst demon of all, the Beast, which has managed to escape from the basement of Nat’s demon house.

Nat gets helps along the way from his potential love interest/junior assistant librarian, Sandy, and a runaway named Richie. Boys will really love the crazy antics of the gross and ridiculous demons. The ick factor is certainly high with fish guts, slime, blood and gore prevalent throughout the story. Demon Keeper is a fun, lighthearted read with definite potential for sequels!

1 comment:

Cara said...

Dear Michelle,

We are thrilled that you enjoyed Demonkeeper by Royce Buckingham and would like to introduce you to his newest work, Goblins! An UnderEarth Adventure. The story is tons of fun and is receiving good reviews such as the one below by School Library Journal.

You might also enjoy viewing the Goblins! book trailer located on YouTube by using this address:

All of our best to you in the New Year!

Cara and Royce Buckingham

Grades 5 & Up
-- School Library Journal, 11/1/2008
BUCKINGHAM, Royce. Goblins!: An UnderEarth Adventure. 232p. CIP. Putnam. 2008. ISBN 978-0-399-25002-6. LC 2008001146.
Gr 5-8–In a small town near the Canadian border, 12-year-old Sam has to make his own entertainment, often leading to encounters with Sumas’s lone police officer. After the latest incident, he meets PJ, Officer Myrmidon’s 17-year-old son. When they disobey PJ’s father and steal a police car to investigate something suspicious at the border, the boys find something much more dangerous than they imagined: goblins. PJ, with the help of the guardians–a secret society dedicated to keeping the goblins from discovering the upper world and humans from discovering UnderEarth–must rescue Sam from the clutches of the great General Goblin, Eww-yuk. Set mostly underground in the creatures’ lair, the book has lots of adventure, fights, and spilled blood that will attract middle-grade readers. Keep this on hand for those who want lots of action with some mild gross-out scenes.–Ginny Collier, Dekalb County Public Library, Decatur, GA