The Goblin Crown by Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Billy Smith and the Goblins, Book 1

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...the plot moves briskly; and the goblin dialect—sometimes humorous, sometimes startlingly poignant—is a real strength, as when a despairing Sawtooth thinks, “It’re the world what’re insane, that’re what she meaned. In a mad world, the only sensible thing are to embrace the madness.” It’s a solid start to the Billy and the Goblin series.
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Synopsis

Billy Smith is having a rough first day of high school. The new kid at exclusive Francis Drake Prep, Billy embarrasses himself in front of fiery, beautiful Lexi Aquino. He makes an instant enemy in Kurt Novac, the school’s surly star quarterback. Then suddenly Billy, Lexi, and Kurt are mysteriously transported to an underworld teeming with goblins, strange animal hybrids, and powerful magic―the fact that they’re stuck there is probably Billy’s fault, too. With help from an unlikely goblin leader named Hop, the teens soon discover that goblins can be both fierce and friendly, with their own rich language, culture, and history―a history that foretells of a human arriving to claim the Goblin Crown and lead them to victory against the deadly, invading Hanorians. Could Billy―anxious, awkward Billy―be the mythical Goblin King? Could saving the goblin race be his destiny and the key to getting him, Lexi, and Kurt back home?

 

About Robert Hewitt Wolfe

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Robert Hewitt Wolfe is the writer and Co-Executive Producer on the hit CBS mystery Elementary. Wolfe broke into television on Star Trek: The Next Generation, writing the popular episode "A Fistful of Datas." He worked on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine for five seasons, writing or co-writing over thirty episodes, as well as co-authoring the humorous tie-in book Legends of the Ferengi. Wolfe developed the syndicated hit Andromeda from notes by Gene Roddenberry, serving as the showrunner for its first two seasons. Wolfe went on to develop The Dresden Files and help launch The 4400 and Alphas. Wolfe has also worked on The Twilight Zone, The Dead Zone, The Gates, and Star-Crossed. He has a BA in Motion Pictures/Television from UCLA and an MFA in Screenwriting.Tom Fowler's art has appeared on the covers and in the pages of comics from Marvel, DC, Valiant, and Oni Press, and his cinematic style also graced the cover of Tom King's debut novel, A Once Crowded Sky (Touchstone, 2012).
 
Published November 15, 2016 by Turner.
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Aug 17 2016

The story shifts perspective among characters with ease (for the most part), filling in narrative gaps with a balanced mixture of exposition and action and soaring in those moments when these transitions glide. A flawed but compelling series beginning.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jun 20 2017

...the plot moves briskly; and the goblin dialect—sometimes humorous, sometimes startlingly poignant—is a real strength, as when a despairing Sawtooth thinks, “It’re the world what’re insane, that’re what she meaned. In a mad world, the only sensible thing are to embrace the madness.” It’s a solid start to the Billy and the Goblin series.

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