Editor's note: This is one of several recent adventure novels by local authors for middle grade readers.
This is the fourth in the Hashbrown Winters series, the adventures of zany kids who make strategies for competition with other gangs from their classy, furnished treehouse. Characters like Whiz, Measles, Pigeon, Four Hips and Hambone Oxcart (with his gargantuan pet cockroach who is the Death Dealer of Pordunce Elementary School) make up Hashbrown’s friends. Then there’s Fibber, the oracle in the locker at the school, who gives advice in reverse.
Each of the characters and humorous that they carry the plot with their antics, especially when they accidentally end up in a different dimension.
While the author lists some of the “riffraff of Lasterton,” readers new to the series may be at a loss about where each group of friends belongs. A backstory or prologue would make “Hashbrown Winters and the Whiz-Tastrophe” (and each of the books in the series) a more enjoyable read.
Others in the series are “The Adventures of Hashbrown Winters,” “Hashbrown Winters and the Mashimoto Madness” and “Hashbrown Winters and the Phantom of Pordunce.”