Welcome back to our Otherworld travelers. It’s been about a month, and we’re swinging back around to a project that we looked at back in the beginning of February. It captivated people then, but if you missed it, it’s sure to enthrall you now. Read on to learn more about The Adventures of Mahalia and Malcolm.
Authors Terance L. Shipman and Prudence William have set out to create a fantastic story that weaves and meanders, keeping readers on their toes throughout the adventure. In The Adventures of Mahalia and Malcolm: The Robinsons, readers are introduced to the titular heroes, members of a loving family who are easy to cheer on, because their intelligent, crafty, and wholesome. The book is captivating because readers want to spend time with Mahalia and Malcolm as they set off on their important journey. With great writing, and beautiful illustrations by Yvonne Abuda, it’s hard to close the book, and exceedingly easy to convince yourself to read just one more page.
Every now and then a book comes along that is just so purely delightful that you can’t help but grin while you read it. The Adventures of Mahalia and Malcolm: The Robinsons, by Terance Shipman and Prudence Williams, is 100% one of those books. The book follows two middle-grader siblings, Mahalia and Malcolm, and their large, loving and wonderful African-American superhero family. Just when the Robinson family is united to celebrate the homecoming of Uncle Junior, the night takes a turn that changes Malcolm and Mahalia’s lives forever. The family is attacked by strangers with drugged bullet darts. An evil guy dressed in a red hoodie orders his goons to injure their grandmother Olivia and her two sons. They kidnap their grandfather Marshall and take him away to an unknown location. Malcolm and Mahalia must use their superpowers to help protect their family. Along with their grandmother Olivia, they are set off on a daring quest to bring back Grandpa Marshal. The characters in this book are smart and naturally witty, the story is full of great twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.
In the world of fantasy where animals speak and magic is real, it can sometimes be hard to find main characters that aren’t white. Luckily, there are middle-grade books like The Adventures of Mahalia and Malcolm: The Robinsons coming out that both feature characters of color and are written by people of color.
Filled with adventure, joy, and wonder, The Adventures of Mahalia and Malcolm: The Robinsons is the perfect beginning to a fun middle-grade book about the bonds of love and family. Anyone looking for a little magic in their lives will find it here.
The Adventures of Mahalia and Malcolm is the sort of superhero story that younger fans of the genre, and older readers alike will be grateful for. It’s a story that is a breath of fresh air in a lot of ways. Readers will see representation here that isn’t often available to fans who wish to see diversity in their fantasy. Shipman and Williams deliver, crafting a delightful story that might just become a modern classic. Fans of this tale, of which there are bound to be many, can rejoice in the knowledge that there are more to come for the kid heroes of the story and their family. Check out The Adventures of Mahalia and Malcolm: The Robinsons on Amazon today!
Images provided courtesy of Terance L. Shipman.