Last month Reading Matters honored some of its favorite authors with awards for exceptional books. One of those writers promptly responded to a request for a sequel with yet another entertaining story. Daniel McInerny’s newly published novella takes readers back to the Kingdom of Patria for an update from their beloved hero, Oliver Stoop.
Fans will recall that Oliver’s quirky Aunt Hazel was the immediate object of Sir Armory’s admiration when the Stoop Family found itself at odds with the Kingdom. Oliver, with the help of his friends Princess Rose and Prince Farnsworth, negotiates peace between the warring “nations”, paving the way for the proper courtship of the young couple. Unfortunately, Hazel’s future mother-in-law has other plans for Sir Armory. A challenge from a rival suitor sends the Kingdom into a frenzy, and Oliver, ever loyal to family and king, must once again use his sleuthing skills to resolve the conflict.
Daniel McInerny’s witty Patria tales should appeal to a variety of reading levels. Fast-paced plots will keep the attention of reluctant readers while a combination of slapstick and more intellectual humor will entertain anyone looking for a light read. Hear’s hoping McInerny will write more adventures for Oliver.
Jennifer Minicus is currently a full-time wife and mother living in Ridgewood, NJ.