Science, Magic, and Whacky Robots: Read our Review of Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows by Denis Knight & Cristy Burne

Science, Magic, and Whacky Robots: Read our Review of Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows by Denis Knight & Cristy Burne

In a world of magic, can science save the day?

Wednesday Weeks never wanted to be a sorcerer’s apprentice. She’d rather study science than magic. But when her cloak-wearing, staff-wielding grandpa is captured by a power-hungry goblin king, Wednesday must find a way to embrace her magical heritage and rescue him from the dreaded Tower of Shadows.

Lucky for Wednesday, she’s not alone. Her best friend Alfie is a prime-number fan of robotics experts who’s all-in on Wednesday’s epic plan involving parallel universes, swords of power and a wise-cracking talking skull.

But it’s going to take more than science, magic, and the world’s cutest robot to take down this bad guy. Because goblin king is playing for the ultimate prize – and Wednesday and Alfie just walked into his trap…

Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows is an action-packed adventure about magic, science, and a mysterious dark tower. Wednesday displays courage and determination to find a solution to her powers – whether it be with science or developing magical powers.

This is the kind of novel I would have loved to read as a kid and share with my friends. The scientific elements are extremely amusing, encouraging young readers to show interest in science. I can definitely see a middle-grade Science class testing the chemical experiments featured in the book.

The book is co-written by Denis Knight and Cristy Burne. With a background in science and technology, Burne strives to incorporate these elements into her writing. You can see examples of this in her books To the Lighthouse and Beneath the Trees. Growing up reading J.R.R. Tolkein and Douglas Adams, Knight draws on these inspiring works to help craft Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows – especially the fantastical parts of the book. Together, Knight and Burne create an extraordinary story that shows off each author’s strength, taking it to the next level.

Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows is a smart and funny new series for readers aged 8+. If you loved Nevermoor, Artemis Fowl and The Witching Hours, then this book will be right up your alley! I can see this book as the next big thing, so get reading because the second book in the series is set to be released in September 2021. I can’t wait!

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Publisher details

Wednesday Weeks #1: Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows
Authors
Cristy Burne, Denis Knight
Publisher
Hachette
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
28 April, 2021
ISBN
9780734420190

Synopsis

A seriously smart and funny new series about a reluctant sorcerer's apprentice who would rather study science than magic, which asks the question: In a world of magic, can science save the day? Perfect for fans of NevermoorArtemis Fowl and The Witching Hours. In a world of magic, can science save the day? Wednesday Weeks never wanted to be a sorcerer's apprentice. She'd rather study science than magic. But when her cloak-wearing, staff-wielding grandpa is captured by a power-hungry goblin king, Wednesday must find a way to embrace her magical heritage and rescue him from the dreaded Tower of Shadows. Luckily, she's not alone. Her best friend Alfie is a prime-number fan and robotics expert who's all-in on Wednesday's epic plan involving parallel universes, swords of power, and a wise-cracking talking skull. But it's going to take more than science, magic, and the world's cutest robot to take down this bad guy. Because the goblin king is playing for the ultimate prize - and Wednesday and Alfie just walked into his trap...
Denis Knight
About the author

Denis Knight

Science fiction and fantasy author Denis Knight is a computer programmer who grew up geeking out about the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. He has also worked as a technical writer, a delivery boy, a tutor, and, for one glorious summer, a tour guide on Rottnest Island. His favourite foods are lasagna and donuts, and his favourite Arnie movie is Eraser. He knows how to ride a motorbike and use a chainsaw, although not both at the same time. He lives in Western Australia with his wife, his two children, and his extensive collection of The X-Files DVDs. He has never been stalked by a laundry kraken, eaten by space wasps or abducted by aliens - as far as he knows.

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Cristy Burne
About the author

Cristy Burne

Cristy Burne grew up climbing trees, jumping drains, chasing cows and inventing stories. She has a passion for learning through doing and loves to inspire creativity, daring and resilience in her readers. Cristy is a children’s author and science writer with degrees in biotechnology and science communication. She has also worked as a science circus performer, garbage analyst, Santa’s pixie, and atom-smashing reporter.

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