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Not very original...
on 18 July 2011
An OK book, but I don't think I'll be buying the entire series.
As a Harry Potter reader, I noticed some very obvious similarities between this book and JK Rowling's series;
Laura is brainy (like Hermione from HP).
Everyone has high expectations for Nigel because of his parentage, and he excels in studies with plants (like Neville Longbottom from HP).
Block and Tackle are very similar to Crabbe and Goyle from HP, as well.
And the most obvious similarity - they go to a school for people with special abilities.
This book wasn't well edited. There are a few grammar mistakes, and Otto's name changes to 'Oscar' a fair amount of times.
Overall - it's worth a read, but not very original.