the league and the lantern book

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Great characters, unexpected humor and clever twists!

David Alan Johnson Co-creator of Steven Spielberg’s High Incident

As engrossing as it is clever, as funny as it is downright fun!

Bryan Daniel Eighth Grade Language Arts Teacher

A riveting adventure full of great characters, smart humor and gripping action!

Robert S. DeVries Former Vice-President

I loved the League and the Lantern! Anyone who likes Harry Potter or Percy Jackson would love it.

Madeline, age 11

A roller coaster read full of twists, turns and adventure.

Jody Dreyer Former Senior Vice-President

My kids loved it and I loved what it filled their minds with. But I confess, I read it and also loved it!

Rachel, mom of 3

The League and the Lantern was a huge hit with all three of my girls.  They couldn’t put it down and are hoping for a sequel and a movie!

Susan, mom of 3

This is one of my favorite books of all time.

Owen age 11

About the author

Brian Wells

Raised on the edge of the jungles of Nigeria and the prairies of Illinois, executive producer Brian Wells has helped bring to life acclaimed network television movies that have been enjoyed by millions, including The Watson’s Go to Birmingham, Return to Nim’s Island, Dear Dumb Diary, and Secrets of the Mountain. In 2016, his debut middle-grade novel, The League and the Lantern, received a rare perfect 10 from the Publishers Weekly BookLife Prize in Fiction. Although seventh grade was the worst year of Brian’s life, it helped him develop the imagination and catlike reflexes he enjoys today.

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Help your middle school student stay sharp for school!

We’ve worked with education professionals to invisibly weave 140 of the top vocabulary words for middle school success into The League and the Lantern.

About the league and the lantern book

About the book

Jake Herndon’s middle school sleepover takes a shocking turn when a dangerous organization invades. As he and his new friends Lucy and TJ race for their lives on the streets of Chicago they unravel a centuries-old mystery and an incredible secret about Jake’s family. Packed with unforgettable characters, mind-bending twists and laugh-out loud humor, The League and The Lantern is a ride you won’t soon forget.


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