The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge \ Image: Candlewick Press

‘The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge’ By M.T. Anderson; Eugene Yelchin

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The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson; Eugene Yelchin is an interesting read for the middle school reader and holds attention from the start, with the first chapter being entirely done in illustration. It’s worth noting the detail and the solidarity of the characters because it sets the stage for what is to come in the following chapters.

As the synopsis says, “Uptight elfin historian Brangwain Spurge is on a mission: survive being catapulted across the mountains into goblin territory, deliver a priceless peace offering to their mysterious dark lord, and spy on the goblin kingdom — from which no elf has returned alive in more than a hundred years.”

He meets goblin archivist, Werfel, who is happy to show him around and together they find themselves in the middle of blunders, cultural misunderstandings, and double-crosses, all of which could spell death for themselves and war between their two nations.

Braingain SpurgeSo we have elves, goblins, and possibilities of war. What else could a middle schooler want in a novel?

I’ve gotten to chapter 3 so far and the language is filled with humor in the naming conventions and the way they talk to each other. Apparently, Brangwain’s nickname is “Weedy” and I’m interested to see if he holds to true to his nickname or rises above it.

We will see.

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