When Megan starts at a new summer school, everything seems a little...off. The kids are too cheerful and too obedient. When the kids get sick, no one seems to care. She acts out and tries to start a food fight, and her father takes her to see a therapist. That's when everything starts to unravel, and Megan learns about the strange experiments that are taking place at her school. With the help of Raf and Bradley (a talking dog), Megan is determined to get to the bottom of things. Of all the pet supply stores in all the world, she had to walk in to Raf's mom's store in Chicagoland. That's how Megan and Raf met - but little did they know that one day they would be saving each others' lives!
With the name of Stepford Academy, you know that free-thinking, Haiku-writing, vegetarian Megan is going to run into some trouble. Megan is an exciting and character, and I love the way Bradley talks. The book feels like a big extended set-up, almost like a prequel rather than the first book in the series. I'd like to see how the next book goes once everyone's been introduced.
Find it at IndieBound.
Read it with:
Brain Camp by Susan Kim, Laurence Klavan and Faith Erin Hicks
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
The Big Splash by Jack D. Ferraiolo