Lions and Tigers and…Banshees?


             "Death stocked the spider, pre-algebra book in hand" is how this story begins.

             "Death stocked the spider, pre-algebra book in hand" is how this story begins. But what Conor didn’t know, was that death was stocking his family. In ancient Irish legend, Banshees were sent to families to take the dear departed to the "Underworld".  Life seemed so normal for the O’Neill family. But when Conor meets a Banshee, he starts to think he’s lost his marbles. When he finds out that there is destine to be a death in his family, he starts to tell people about the Banshee, although he said he wouldn’t. When Conor goes to his grandpa Grump, he can’t believe that even he won’t believe him. Conor must stop the death from happening!

          Read as Glennie, (Conor’s sister), Javier (Conor’s best friend), Grump, Ashling (the Banshee) and Conor go on a journey to stop the death and save their family. They meet crazy creatures and even the commanders of the Underworld. I liked Texting the Underworld by Ellen Booraem because of the way that the writer gives you a taste of modern day, and mid-evil adventure. From the start of the book to the end, the book keeps you excited and guessing. Every time you round a dangerous corner, another one pops up. I also like how the author describes the characters emotion through their physical descriptions.  If you’re looking for a book that can keep you on your toes but is not too suspenseful,  Texting the Under World is the book for you. I would recommend this book for ages fourth grade and up.