Netgalley, review

Choose Your Own Adventure Eighth Grade Witch by Andrew E.C. Gaska; E.L. Thomas; C.E. Simpson



The first official Choose Your Own Adventure graphic novel!

From the hit Choose Your Own Adventure® novels comes a newly adapted graphic novel taking readers on their own visual adventure! Enter a ghoulish world of nightmares, witches, ghosts, and dreaded the eighth grade as Rabbit, the new kid on the block! As Rabbit, readers will get to choose which adventure–or nightmare–they’ll embark on. From learning about the mysterious witch Prudence Deadly, to trouncing through spooky graveyards, to meeting ghostly ancestors or channeling some witchcraft with classmates, no one path leads to the same destination.

Will you choose a path that leads to the light? Or will the path you choose lead to a gruesome end? You get to decide! – From Netgalley

My Review

I used to love choose your own adventure books as a child so I jumped at the chance to read and review one for Netgalley. This is a graphic novel so it’s a lot different to what I read in the past.We begin as Rabbit as she moves into her new house and have to decide the choices she makes. Does she follow that trail? Does she stop the evil? 

I enjoyed this book, I liked the idea of it being a graphic novel. I read it a few times, trying to find all the endings and I still can’t stop myself from wanting to read more, try a different path. It’s an intriguing story, with a few threads to follow. Sometimes you might have an abrupt ending as is the case with the choose your own adventure books, other times you’ll go down a weird path. It’s a fun book and it’s got me hooked on these adventure books again. 

Note: I did find some errors, the page I was sent to did not follow on the story, I’m guessing this is because it’s an uncorrected proof copy. But the format and the mistakes did let the book down, hopefully the mistakes will be corrected before it’s published.

Have you read the Choose Your Own Adventure books before?


This Much Huxley Knows by Gail Aldwin

I’ve reviewed two of Gail Aldwin’s novels here (The String Games and Paisley Shirt) in the past and I am delighted to have the opportunity to read This Much Huxley knows.


I’m seven years old and I’ve never had a best mate. Trouble is, no one gets my jokes. And Breaks-it isn’t helping. Ha! You get it, don’t you? Brexit means everyone’s falling out and breaking up.

Huxley is growing up in the suburbs of London at a time of community tensions. To make matters worse, a gang of youths is targeting isolated residents. When Leonard, an elderly newcomer chats with Huxley, his parents are suspicious. But Huxley is lonely and thinks Leonard is too. Can they become friends?

Funny and compassionate, this contemporary novel for adults explores issues of belonging, friendship and what it means to trust. 

‘Read this and feel young again’ ­– Joe Siple, author of The Five Wishes of Mr. Murray McBride 

Moving and ultimately upbeat’ – Christopher Wakling, author of What I Did 

A joyous novel with the wonderfully exuberant character of Huxley’ – Sara Gethin, author of Not Thomas

My Review

It was easy to like Huxley, he’s an intelligent boy in year two, and I became engrossed in his story. It was interesting to see things through a child’s eyes and see how they interpret the world differently from adults. Including when some adults in the story talk with prejudice and Huxley doesn’t understand.

The story becomes even more compelling with the introduction of Leonard, a new person living in the community who is disabled. He seems like a friendly person and very lonely, but the adults think differently to Huxley and are suspicious of Leonard. I didn’t know who to believe, is Leonard genuine or not? It’s hard to work out if prejudice against him is clouding this character or if there is something sinister going on. It’s all explained as the story progresses of course.

It’s really interesting to read a story in a child’s perspective, it’s not something I read often and I enjoyed it. I liked Huxley and his vivid imagination. I liked the way he played with words, turning them into a joke that the adults don’t understand e.g. reputation: rip-you-station. Disapproves: dizzy-proves. It’s a sweet and interesting book that makes you think and I’m happy to have had the opportunity to read and review this book.

You can find out more about Huxley by following the #ThisMuchHuxleyKnows on twitter. And more about Gail Aldwin on her website