An excellent middle-grade fiction.
WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT
“There’s a legend for children who are sad and who cry,
About a little boy ghost, dressed in black, who can fly
About a big, metal giant who stands sky high.
They’ll always help you and they’ll never lie.
They’ll show you that even in your darkest hour
Deep inside you lies incredible power.
They are Little Wade and Watchtower!”
New York City. 1899.
Abigail Reid just wants to go to school and get an education.
A poor farm girl who only recently moved to New York from the country, she quickly learns that New York City can be a very dangerous place. The Longshadows, the ruthless gangsters that control her neighborhood, have her surrounded, but just when Abigail thinks she is all alone, she meets the legendary Little Wade and the Watchtower!
With their help, Abigail will discover that she is far braver and more capable than she ever imagined and that New York City can be a wonderful place. Together, they plan to set The Great Gang Trap and rid her neighborhood of the Longshadows once and for all! Unfortunately, the Longshadows are not the only threat in New York.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK
Abigail and her father have moved to New York City from the country. Still reeling from her mother’s death, all she wants is to go to school and read books. But her neighborhood is unsafe. One evening, while walking home from school, the Longshadows, the ruthless gang in her neighborhood, try to kidnap her. Just when she thinks she is all alone; a boy and a very tall man help her. But the boy is not an ordinary boy, neither is the tall man just any tall man. Read Little Wade and the Watchtower by Sean March to discover who they are, and how they help Abigail.
Sean March’s Little Wade and the Watchtower is an excellent middle-grade fiction that has elements of steampunk, magic, ghosts, and historical fiction.
It has incredibly detailed world-building and vivid descriptions that bring to life the antics of Abigail, Little Wade, and Watchtower. I was sucked into the New York City of 1899 with its bustling towns, people and carriages thronging the roads, and squalid neighborhoods rife with gang wars and vicious activities.
March crafts an original and entertaining story replete with three-dimensional characters. He has a rich imagination that translates into an enchanting tale in the form of Little Wade and the Watchtower.
Moreover, the book is highly adventurous. Though the book is lengthy at 415 pages, a brisk pace helped me in finishing the book swiftly. Further, little nuggets of wisdom are tucked here and there in the text instilling a message of hope in its readers.
It was an exhilarating ride from start to finish. Little Wade and the Watchtower enraptured me. Highly recommended for the middle-grade as well as the young adult audience.
Genre: Middle Grade || Pages: 384 || Published on October 15, 2020
I reviewed this book for Reader’s Favorite for which I received a nominal fee. This does not affect my opinion on the book. I opted to provide an honest review on my blog.
Sean March is the creator and author of Little Wade and Watchtower.
Born and raised in New York City, Sean attended Elementary and Middle School in Manhattan and spent his childhood on the streets of the Lower East Side. He can vividly recall a fateful night when, running home late from school, he was accosted by members of a local gang. Two mysterious strangers came to his aid, chased off the gang members, walked him home, and then bid him good night. Sean’s one regret was that, in all of the excitement, he completely forgot to ask his rescuers their names. This series is dedicated to them, and to any child who is having a hard time and is seeking inspiration.
An avid reader of history, Sean lives with his family, which includes two adorable pugs.