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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
On one normal day, River, Freak, and Fiona are startled to find a couch sitting by the curb near their bus stop. Despite some questionable stains, the kids explore their new find diligently, pulling out everything from fish hooks to a rare, zucchini colored crayon. After doing some research, Fiona learns that the crayon is almost one of a kind and they try to sell it on Ebay. After getting bids in the thousands, they start to feel guilty and try to find the owner of the sofa and the priceless crayon. Alf, as it turns out, has lived in the house down the street for three years. Alf tells the kids the truth behind the crazy stuff that's been happening in their town, and asks for their help to defeat the man who created Hellsboro, the chemically induced fire ground, and save the world!
What We Found in the Sofa is a hilariously exhilarating romp through the madness of middle school - if your middle school had flash mobs, evil dog-hat wearing minions, and a malevolent mastermind planning on opening up an intergalactic portal in your backyard to bring a race of alien invaders to the earth. Fiona, Freak, and River must use their wits to survive, and with the help of some odd characters (A ninja granny for one...) they can do what others can't...save the world!
Henry Clark really knows the wacky minds of middle schoolers, and this book is sure to entertain even the most surly, moody one you can find. Bryan Kennedy did an amazing job with the narration. He was able to take Henry Clark's writing to the next level, using excellent exclamations and very perceptive voice techniques to change characters. The mark of a wonderful narrator is when you can tell exactly who is speaking by the tone of their voice. A fun and excellent book all around. This is a smashing middle grade read.