Book Review: The Nocturnals: The Mysterious Abductions by Tracey Hecht (The Nocturnals #1)

A flabbergastifying adventure under the stars!

"The characters are delightful and the nighttime landscape is captivating. It was just as I expected—because the best stories always take place in the dark!—R.L. Stine, author of Goosebumps

The Nocturnals features three unlikely friends: Dawn, a serious fox, Tobin, a sweet pangolin and Bismark, the loud mouthed, pint sized sugar glider. The stories all play out in their nighttime world with teamwork, friendship and humor in every adventure.

In The Mysterious Abductions, the animals form a brigade of the night after a random encounter with a blood-thirsty snake, and just in time because something is threatening their night realm. Animals are disappearing without a trace. Together with the help of a wombat, a band of coyotes and many others, Dawn, Tobin and Bismark journey to the depths of the earth in a wacky, high stakes game that will determine all of their survival.

Release Date: April 2016
Age Group: Middle Grade
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Reviewed By: Ms. Leger


I love mysteries and this truly was one. If you like a good mystery where adorable animals are your main characters, like many middle grade readers do, then this is a must read. The Brigade: Tobin, Bismark and Dawn, form an unforgettable trio of sleuths trying to solve the mysterious disappearances of animals. You will easily fall in love with their wonderful personalities and funny antics. I must admit my favorite is the shy pangolin, (I had to look up this animal) Tobin. I was hooked in the first chapter when he passes gas. Oh how middle schoolers will love this. I must admit this well read old lady didn't figure out the plot until the end. Ms. Hecht writes beautifully with just the right amount of humor to keep you chuckling. You will find her group of odd ball characters very charming. And who doesn't like a good mystery with a little humor added in.

The Nocturnals has made a "tour" through my classroom and every single reader has said the same thing, "Do you have book 2 yet?" That question alone implies huge success!

Interactive Website
I highly recommend visiting The Nocturnals website to meet the characters, watch short video clips and find educational resources. {I highly recommend the educational resource page for teachers and parents.}

What is a Pangolin?
I must admit that I stopped reading fairly early on to look up a pangolin. And I'm glad I did for two reasons: 1.) it's a really neat animal and now I can talk about it with my students and 2). you have to visually know what a pangolin is once you are introduced to Tobin.

Join the Brigade! 
Join the Nocturnal Brigade and receive a Free Cape. I've joined the Brigade and I know middle grade readers will want to too!
Ms. Leger
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