A boy discovers his destiny could totally stink in this riotously funny fantasy-adventure
Risk-averse Greg Belmont is content with being ordinary. He's got a friendthat's right, just oneat his fancy prep school, and a pretty cool dad (even if he is obsessed with organic soaps that smell like a mix of salted pork and Icelandic bog). The problem is, Greg isn't ordinary . . . he's actually an honest-to-goodness, fantastical Dwarf!
He discovers the truth the day his dad brings home a gross new teaone that awakens bizarre abilities in Greg. Then a murderous Bro-Troll kidnaps his dad and Greg is whisked away to the Underground, where Dwarves have lived for centuries right beneath the streets of Chicago.
With the help of some awesome new friends and a talking ax, Greg learns all about the history of the Dwarves, which has been marked with tales of epic failure since the dawn of time. However, the return of the magic they once wielded means big changes are afoot, escalating tensions with the Dwarves' sworn enemy: the Elves.
Brimming with humor and action, Chris Rylander's The Legend of Greg turns dwarf lore on its head, delivering an adventure readers won't be able to resist.
About the Author
Chris Rylander is the author of the Fourth Stall saga and the Codename Conspiracy series. A fan of chocolate, chips, and chocolate chips, he lives in Chicago.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ever think you’ve been having a bad day? Well Greg Belmont certainly has had his fair share of them…especially on Thursdays. Otherwise, Greg lives a pretty normal life in Chicago playing chess with his best (and only) friend, Edwin, and supportive dad. That is until one particular Thursday when Greg is attacked by a polar bear while on a school field trip to the zoo; this attack sets off a chain of events where Greg drinks magic tea, his father gets kidnapped by a Troll, and he finds himself in a super secret underground world where he discovers he’s actually a Dwarf…as in a magic wielding, descendent of the earth kind. Between figuring out a plan to rescue his father, trying to cope with his new magical community and stopping an all out war with Elves, Greg’s weekend plans are officially over. Chris Rylander’s The Legend of Greg is packed with adventure, action, and a good measure of puns. This is a book that was perfectly catered to the middle grade/young adult age group where Rylander delivers a fantastic story with original characters and creative chapter titles. Thirteen-year-old Greg Belmont really speaks you in the same light as Percy Jackson and Rylander’s sense of humor will be sure to have young readers chanting for more. I started reading this book on a Thursday evening and finished it early Friday; the irony is that the book warns you on the first page to not read it on a Thursday. Well, I can tell you that reading The Legend of Greg was the best thing that happened on Thursday. It had me laughing, smiling, and cheering for Greg and his friends throughout the story (spoiler: Greg makes friends!). Absolutely recommend!