Reviewed by: Michael Thal
Approximate word count: 70-75,000 words
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Since childhood, Stephen Henning has been creating characters in his head with super powers. A graduate of Sheffield Hallam University in the UK with a major in English, Henning trained as a journalist, then moved into publishing. He’s also worked as a freelancer doing technical writing until he started a business with his friend. His company, Elucidox Ltd, publishes the Class Heroes books.
Fourteen-year-old Samantha (Sam) Blake and twin brother James attend South Ealing Comprehensive School in West London, England. They were on a school bus returning home from a day trip to St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Imperial War Museum when their vehicle passed a car obstructing traffic. Suddenly, all hell was unleashed as the car exploded tossing the bus on its side and dousing it in flame.
Three days later, Sam wakes up in a hospital room at Brent Valley General with broken legs and burns. James fared a little better. However, Dr. Okocha is amazed at James’ quick recovery, and James is flabbergasted at the wondrous powers he has suddenly inherited. James can transport himself to any location at a blink of an eye. Sam soon discovers that she can control fire.
Author Stephen Henning knits together a compelling story of fantasy and suspense. His twin characters must uncover the mystery behind their amazing abilities and the mysterious girl who seems bent on capturing them while destroying lives in the process.
Class Heroes: A Class Apart is non-stop action from beginning to end. My only criticism of the book is that more questions were raised than answered at the conclusion of the book. Fortunately, there is book 2, What Happened in Witches Wood?, book 3, Where’s Lolly?, and book 4, London Belongs to the Alchemist. If you enjoy book series where each novel is connected to the last, A Class Apart should be your first read in this exciting curriculum.
Rating: **** Four Stars