What’s it about?
Chewy Noh should be happy. He has a best friend like no other and by using his secret abilities, has found a way to connect Korea and America forever to keep him.
Unfortunately, none of this matters after Death’s messenger comes to tell him that he has one week left to live!
Knowing his death is coming soon, Chewy scrambles to figure out a way to avoid it, but every direction he turns seems to lead him further and further away from his goal—a dead body, a missing person, and at the heart of it, the secret that started that it all.
In the end, if Chewy doesn’t learn how to change, Death might just come out on top.
My Review of Chewy Noh and the March of Death
I wish I could say I really enjoyed Chewy Noh and the March of Death – or even that I liked it just as much as I liked the first Chewy book I read. Mostly this is because the author of Chewy Noh seems to be a good person, and I’d love to be able to gush about his work. However, I can’t. Chewy Noh and the March of Death just didn’t do it for me.
Part of this is because I don’t like to read about child death. Even when I know its going to be fixed, and even though its not described in detail. So to have death casually bandied about as though it meant absolutely nothing truly bothered me. Also, though, it comes down to an ignorance of culture. This was a problem that I had when reading Chewy Noh and the Phantasm of Winter, but it seemed to be worse in this book. Chewy is written in a way that assumes the reader knows enough about Korean culture that they’ll have no problem following what is going on, and that’s simply not true. (At least it wasn’t for me.)
Tim Learn did do a good job, as usual, of writing in an engaging way. There were few spelling or punctuation mistakes. Chewy, Clint, and Su Bin are all written very accurately for their age group. Again, Learn makes no attempt to whitewash Chewy and Su or to give kids mindless drivel. Instead he again writes a good mystery that has you wondering how things are going to turn out. When things ended, the door was definitely left open for a another book. I can’t truthfully say that I’m interested in reading the 4th Chewy Noh book, but I don’t regret reading the ones that I have.
Overall, for middle-grade boys, this is probably a delightful read, but I just can’t muster up any enthusiasm for it.
Title: Chewy Noh and the March of Death | Series: Chewy Noh #3 | Author: Tim Learn (site) | Publisher: CreateSpace | Publication Date: 2016-1-29 | Pages: 311 | ASIN: B01AB6D306 | Genre(s): Childrens & Mystery |Language: English | Triggers: Death | Rating: 3 out of 5 | Date Read: 2016-3-5 | Source: Received a copy free from the author in exchange for an honest