December 01, 2019

#BookReview: The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted by @conorgrennan

Synopsis: Jack Carlson is dreading a class presentation when he suddenly finds himself transported to the Hadley Academy, a secret institution that tracks teens with unlikely gifts and trains them to protect the world from an unseen squad of killers. 

But Jack isn't the only one who doesn't know what he's doing at Hadley. Despite indications that he is the one prophesied to end the ancient Reaper War, Jack appears to have no extraordinary abilities.

So when dark, mysterious forces grow, Hadley is in a confused panic. Much to everyone's dismay, humanity seems to depend on Jack and his new teammates. 

Can Hadley's rawest recruits push past personal struggles and enormous doubts, develop their dormant powers, and stop the spreading evil? 

And are they willing to commit to Hadley's motto, "One Life for Many," and make the ultimate sacrifice? The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted might be just the place for Jack after all. 



Conor Grennan is the author of the New York Times best-selling and #1 international best-selling memoir Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal. Little Princes has been translated into 15 languages. He is also the author of the middle-grade fantasy novel The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted, the first book in a series, due out Oct. 8th, 2019.

Conor is the founder of Next Generation Nepal (NGN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to reconnecting trafficked children with their families in Nepal. For his work with the trafficked children of Nepal, he was recognized by The Huffington Post as a 2011 Game Changer of the Year. In 2014, he was named a recipient of the Unsung Heroes of Compassion, which was awarded to him by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Currently, Conor serves as the Dean of Students for the MBA program at New York University’s Stern School of Business, where he is responsible for more than 2000 full-time and part-time MBA students.

Grennan is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the NYU Stern School of Business. He resides in New Canaan, Connecticut with his wife Liz and his two children, Finn and Lucy.

Rating: ★★★★
My Review: This is a story that readers will return to over and over again. Great for fans of the Maze Runner, Divergent, Harry Potter, and others like it. This is a wonderful title for middle grade readers.  It is well paced and has amazing characters!!  The 360+ pages flew by so fast that I didn't even realize that I was at the end until I couldn't go anymore in the ebook.  I really hope that although this one ended very well that we get another one!! I need more stories set in this world that I have become a part of! 

Go Into This One Knowing: Great Middle Grade Story! 

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