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Alex the NOT SO Great

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A fantastic story filled with adventure and imagination, with real-life lessons and a positive role-model!

Synopsis

The bullies are after him, so is real-life. And he keeps getting beat… by a girl!

After being humiliated by a girl in front of his entire team, now Alex is being hunted by bullies. As the bullies close in on him, Alex can’t seem to tell the difference between real-life and imagination. Can Alex save his reputation and avoid certain doom?

Alex the NOT SO Great is the first book in the NOT SO series of chapter books for young readers. If you like Calvin and Hobbes and Magic Treehouse, you’ll love this fun, exciting, and action-packed adventure by Liam Murphy.

Alex the NOT SO Great is an imaginative children’s fiction story written by Liam Murphy. The main character in the story is Alex, a boy with a wild imagination and a thirst for adventure. When his team battles against another he is filled with devastation when he loses against the enemy’s leader, a girl named Erica. To Alex, it’s bad enough to lose, but to lose against a girl, he feels that the world is turning against him. Alex is determined at all costs to defeat the enemy, that is, until the enemy changes from a girl to a bigger and badder bully than he could ever be. Alex and Erica come to a resolution to team up together to defeat the bully and from that compromise comes a hoard of learned lessons and a new friendship.


This story is an excellent fictional read for younger children with a sense of imagination. The story flips back and forth between reality and the imagination of Alex, but is depicted in a way that it fills the readers mind with the pure adrenaline and imagination that is fueling Alex through his adventures. What I liked most about this story was the lessons learned by the main character through his adventures. There are lessons about responsibility, respect, and discipline thoroughly explained. Though he is a child, Alex is depicted as a responsible role model for other children by his way of learning from his mistakes and taking responsibility for his actions.


Alex the NOT SO Great is a great book choice for children who are seeking adventure in their stories but also need a bit of guidance for their choices. I was especially pleased with Alex’ reactions to his chores when listed by his mother, as he didn’t argue or object, he simply accepted responsibility for his actions and took his chore punishment because he knew he had made a wrong choice.


I’m pleased to rate Alex the NOT SO Great by Liam Murphy 5 out of 5 stars and would gladly recommend it to any child or parent who is looking for a fun story that will help build some character.

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Hi! I’m Kourtney. I’m a full time accounting manager and a part time book reviewer. I’ve been an official member of the onlinebookclub review team for 4 years now, where I’ve gained a huge insight to the review and beta reading world.

Synopsis

The bullies are after him, so is real-life. And he keeps getting beat… by a girl!

After being humiliated by a girl in front of his entire team, now Alex is being hunted by bullies. As the bullies close in on him, Alex can’t seem to tell the difference between real-life and imagination. Can Alex save his reputation and avoid certain doom?

Alex the NOT SO Great is the first book in the NOT SO series of chapter books for young readers. If you like Calvin and Hobbes and Magic Treehouse, you’ll love this fun, exciting, and action-packed adventure by Liam Murphy.

Chapter 1

A cool mist rose off the field of wet grass. The knight looked down his line of men. Sunlight glinted off their armor; they were still as statues.


They’re waiting for my command, he thought. Across the field, he could see the enemy, ready for battle. A knot formed in the pit of his stomach.


Despite his nerves, he kept a brave face.  He knew his men were watching. This is it, he thought, with a twinge of fear. The knight raised his sword in the air and yelled.


“Charge!”


He leaped forward, the first in the attack. His men ran with him, the line dissolving into a wedge as he outran the others. Across the field, the other side gave the command to attack. In seconds, the two lines clashed.


The knight wove amongst the foe, dodging blows, deflecting with his shield, parrying with his sword. He defeated adversary after adversary with seeming ease.


Spinning from a defeated soldier, he locked blades with another opponent. It was the enemy commander.


The commander wasn’t easy. They circled each other, thrusting, parrying, and using their shields. The knight could not find an opening to end the contest.


This one’s good, he thought with a stab of fear. The enemy lunged with a lightning-fast thrust, and the knight was barely able to get his shield up in time. He wondered if he would make it out of this fight in one piece.


And then, disaster struck. As he moved to parry a blow, he stepped on a patch of wet grass.


The knight lost his balance and began to fall. The commander’s blow, which had been aimed at his chest, now struck him on his helmet as he fell. He hit the ground hard on his back, stunning him. He felt moisture under him. Was that his blood or just the wet grass?


He lay there, consciousness fading, as the enemy commander leaned over him.


***


“I got you, Alex!” Erica exclaimed.


Alex had been beaten … by a girl. He promptly passed out.

About the author

I live in northwestern United States with my wife, our two sons, and various pets (including a few barnyard animals). I LOVE reading and enjoy outdoor activities and hanging out with my family. view profile

Published on October 10, 2020

8000 words

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Children's Books

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