(Amazing pen name, btw. I think I’ll name my first child Vivian Vande Velde.)
I also read her book “Dragon’s Bait” which was more geered towards an older audience, which I also liked.
Even though this book is meant for under 14 year olds I liked it. It has good ideas and a good ending, but the details aren’t as fully developped as I would have liked. (But of course if I had my way all books would be about twice as long!) The ending comes too soon.
There are some pretty silly puns laced in and the main character doesn’t grow a backbone until the end of the book.
It is very quirky and light-hearted, fast-paced, enjoyable.