Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
In Future School: Walk like Lions by Eric Patterson, twelve-year-old Bridgette Swanson’s future changes dramatically when she receives a full scholarship to study at the esteemed Las Vegas School of Excellence, an institute that claims to have the key to unlocking the hidden potential of the mind. In spite of the fact that she’d be missing her best friend, Bridgette knows she can’t miss out on this opportunity, which is an honor for her family. But things in her new school are not just the way she’d have expected. The school does have the drug that helps to enhance the brain, but it doesn’t work in the same way for everyone, and many children suffer the damaging effects of the drug. Then Bridgette and her friends, Janice and George, get the strong feeling that something sinister is happening and they want to find out what it is. Can they uncover the truth without getting caught up in a deadly game of intrigue and lies?
Short chapters, each packed with a lot of drama, each composed of paragraphs that are masterfully broken down, create a sense of urgency and suspense that is intoxicating. The story starts powerfully; from the moment that Bridgette’s brother interrupts her and her friend to announce gleefully that the letters have arrived, the reader is pulled in and wants to know what it is all about. But there is no turning back, no pause, no escape as the reader gets enmeshed in the surprising and dramatic moments of the story. The characters are great, young and courageous, and readers will love to discover their ingenuity and creativity. Eric Patterson knows how to combine the sense of danger with the itch to know in his readers to create a plot that is gripping and that begs the reader to read on. Future School: Walk like Lions is the kind of book you never read in two sittings.