Published by: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: November 15, 2016
Genres: Juvenile Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult
Billy Smith is having a rough first day of high school. The new kid at exclusive Francis Drake Prep, Billy embarrasses himself in front of fiery, beautiful Lexi Aquino. He makes an instant enemy in Kurt Novac, the school’s surly star quarterback. Then suddenly Billy, Lexi, and Kurt are mysteriously transported to an underworld teeming with goblins, strange animal hybrids, and powerful magic—the fact that they’re stuck there is probably Billy’s fault, too. With help from an unlikely goblin leader named Hop, the teens soon discover that goblins can be both fierce and friendly, with their own rich language, culture, and history—a history that foretells of a human arriving to claim the Goblin Crown and lead them to victory against the deadly, invading Hanorians. Could Billy—anxious, awkward Billy—be the mythical Goblin King? Could saving the goblin race be his destiny and the key to getting him, Lexi, and Kurt back home?
Robert Hewitt Wolfe is the writer and Co-Executive Producer on the hit CBS mystery Elementary. Wolfe broke into television on Star Trek: The Next Generation, writing the popular episode “A Fistful of Datas.” He worked on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine for five seasons, writing or co-writing over thirty episodes, as well as co-authoring the humorous tie-in book Legends of the Ferengi. Wolfe developed the syndicated hit Andromeda from notes by Gene Roddenberry, serving as the showrunner for its first two seasons. Wolfe went on to develop The Dresden Files and help launch The 4400 and Alphas. Wolfe has also worked on The Twilight Zone, The Dead Zone, The Gates, and Star-Crossed. He has a BA in Motion Pictures/Television from UCLA and an MFA in Screenwriting.
This was a fun and engaging journey to another world. I had a lot of fun reading about Billy each night and wondering where his adventures and alliance with the leader of the Goblins, Hop, would take him. I found myself laughing aloud at the Goblin dialect. This is a story that I think most young people will enjoy if they like science fiction and fantasy. It was well done and I look forward to future installments in this series.