The Cubit Quest by Trevor Leck
Twelve-year-old Charlie Watkins could have inherited his dad’s massive intellect.
He got his massive feet instead.
Perhaps if Charlie had that intellect he might have been able to figure out why so many men in suits were suddenly following him or where his dad hid the Cubit – a mythical object that men have sworn to protect and even more have died trying to possess – before his so-called accident.
If starting yet another new school wasn’t bad enough, Charlie meets Mr Leopold, a disfigured, mind-reading lunatic and discovers that he alone must find the Cubit if he is to save his dad. The Brotherhood, however, have other ideas. Led by the ruthless Draganovic, they will stop at nothing to get their hands on it. With the help of Mr Leopold and fellow new boy Elvis, Charlie sets out on The Cubit Quest.
Hunting for the Cubit, playing football, lessons with the dreaded Funeral Face and unsuccessfully avoiding school bully Grimshaw by day, Charlie finds his nights no less complicated. Stalked in his dreams, he’s soon immersed in a world of power struggles, battling dragons and duels to the death. With the Brotherhood hot on his heels and as the bullets begin to fly, there are no guarantees that Charlie, or anyone else, will make it to the end in one piece.
Living in Telford, Shropshire, Trevor Leck has been dabbling in writing for over fifteen years. Always a fan of gripping adventure stories he has taken inspiration from his favourite authors, including John Grisham and J K Rowling, and the towns and cities he grew up, especially North Shields, to create his Young Adult series.
Charlie Watkins seems like a normal 12 year old. But when his dad starts acting strangely, his family and him move to a new house and school. Then Charlie starts experiencing strange dreams he puts off as stress. But when he hears odd voices he knows something has to be going on. Charlie is a special person and may be able to save his father. He is going to do anything and everything just to have his father back. That is if he can survive the men in suits, dragons, and strange teachers.
Charlie just thinks he is a normal kid until strange guys in suits start following him around and strange dreams plague his nights. But he has the ability to save his father if he completes the Cubit Quest. Charlie is a great kid that has the opportunity to save his father and I could help but cheer him on. He has to use his wits to solves the puzzles and complete the quest. But he also has to balance his daily life with school, football, and bullies.
This is a great midgrade story. I admit that I was lost for the first portion of the story but as Charlie learns about the things happening around him so do you. But once you found out what was going on, the rest of the story flew by.
I really liked this story and think that if you are a fan of midgrade stories with quests, mystery, adventure, and mythical beasts then you will really enjoy this one.
I received The Cubit Quest from Authoright for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.