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VOYAAn afternoon of spelunking in favorite caves takes a fantastical turn for sixth-graders Samantha, Juan, and George when they discover an old, battered treasure chest. When George cannot resist opening it, smoke suddenly emerges from the seemingly empty chest, filling the cave with a cloud. A voice booms out, granting a gift to each youth: invisibility for Juan, knowledge for Samantha, and flight for George. A vest of brilliant light signals the presence of each gift. As they wonder why they were chosen to receive powers and struggle to keep their gifts hidden at school, strange events begin to occur, and all three realize that they are in peril. Gradually they discover Dark Vests, those who used their own powers for wrong and who wish to turn or destroy them. This novel is the first in a projected series. The story moves quickly, and although the bad guys seem like caricatures, the adventure will appeal to many young readers. The teachers at the school that The Three Vests attend are portrayed as uninspiring stereotypes, something this teacher/reviewer hates to see, and the school bully seems over-the-top obnoxious. Despite these flaws, the youths' powers will undoubtedly pull in many reluctant readers: Who has not dreamed of being invisible or having all the answers? This series is for a younger middle school audience with its twelve-year-old protagonists. Fans of the Animorphs series or graduates of the Boxcar Children books are bound to find this one right up their alley. VOYA Codes: 3Q 4P M (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2003, Smart and Smarter Publishing, 223p., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 14.
—Mary Ann Darby