Book: The Entirely True Story of the Unbelievable FIB Series: The Unbelievable FIB #1 Author: Adam Shaughnessy Date of Publication: September 8, 2015 Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers Genre: fiction, middle grade, fantasy, adventure Source: library Pages: 272 Rating: 5/5 Beans
“What is the Unbelievable FIB?”
That’s the question eleven-year-old Prudence Potts discovers on a baffling card no one else in Middleton–except ABE, a new kid with a knack for solving riddles–seems to see. Then a mysterious man asks for ABE and Pru’s help investigating mythical beings infiltrating the town, and that’s just one of the things Pru finds hard to believe.
Soon Pru and ABE discover another world beneath the surface of their quiet town, where Viking gods lurk just out of sight. They must race to secure the Eye of Odin, source of all knowledge–and the key to stopping a war that could destroy both human and immortal realms.
Author Adam Shaughnessy draws from classic lore to create a new world where uncertainty opens the door to magic and the last thing you should do is believe your own eyes.
I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect with this book, all I knew was something about middle schoolers and norse mythology. My general knowledge of norse mythology is limited to what I know from the Thor movies and my brief knowledge of their version of the apocalypse. I went through a phase where I learned about all the different mythical versions of the end of the world, it’s interesting!
This mid-grade book was absolutely lovely! I enjoyed the storyline and the characters alike. Let’s take what we know about Loki always being a trickster, Odin always needing to keep an eye on him, and Thor making thunderstorms and we have the general premise for what we all find in this book. That is let’s bring these characters into the modern day, where so few people actually believe in magic that even fewer people can see these characters. Add in Pru and ABE as our main characters, who encompass the innocence and imagination of children, and let’s put them up agains first giants while we are at it. While this sounds absolutely crazy, believe me, it’s pretty dang awesome.
Let’s go with the characters? Prudence ‘Pru’ is a hard character to get through to because she doubts just about everything and has just a bit more rebellion in her than the adults around her enjoy, but when it comes down to it, she is an excellent FIB-er. ABE is pretty much the polar opposite of Pru, which is why the two are able to become such good friends. He is honest and curious and more intellectually driven than our Pru. Mr. Fox is a bit of an enigma to me still and I’m interested to see where his character leads, but I really want one of his magnifying glasses! My favorite character was Thor. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen Thor depicted so much like a child throwing a temper tantrum. I laughed in the library and got some very strange looks.
I’m very excited to be reading the second book in this series next month, thanks to Algonquin Young Readers, for ARC August. I give this book five out of five beans and will be passing the title on to any teacher or parent I can!
Also, fun fact: This book was renamed when it came out as a paperback and was called The Trickster’s Tale. Just a fun FYI.