The last mirror on the left / by Lamar Giles ; illustrations by Dapo Adeola.

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      Summary: Otto and Sheed, The Legendary Alston Boys of Logan County, are ordered by Missus Nedraw to bring a fugitive to justice in a world that mirrors their own but has its own rules.
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      "A Legendary Alston Boys adventure"--Jacket.
      Ages 10 to 12. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
      Grades 4-6. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
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Booklist Reviews 2020 October #1

*Starred Review* Their time-freezing, madcap summer may be behind them (The Last Last-Day-of-Summer, 2019), but that doesn't mean the Legendary Alston Boys' adventures are over. When Missus Nedraw appears in their bathroom mirror, demanding recompense for the damage they caused to her Mirror Emporium, a secret prison, Otto and Sheed are a little worried. But Missus Nedraw promises not throw them into mirror jail if they help her track down the fugitives they accidentally freed: the terrible Nevan and his gang. The catch? Nevan disappeared into a mirror dimension, one sort of like Otto and Sheed's world but, well, also not. And so off the cousins go, quickly discovering that all is not quite what it seems in more ways than one. Giles maintains the momentum and sheer fun from the series kickoff (enhanced by Adeola's sprightly line drawings) as he digs deeper into this world (and its multiverses!), pulling in returning characters like the Epic Ellison Girls, the Alston Boys' rivals/friends. At the same time, he crafts a deeply affecting through-line in Otto, who is struggling with the secret he learned from a time-traveler: that Sheed is destined to die young. With nods to the boys' Blackness and deep family ties woven into the narrative, this is an emotionally resonant and action-packed sequel that manages to be an even greater adventure than its predecessor.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The Alston Boys' first adventure was wildly popular with kids and critics alike, so purchase at least one universe's worth of its sequel. Grades 4-7. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2020 #6

After their supernatural successes in The Last Last-Day-of-Summer (rev. 3/19), Sheed and Otto must now live up to their status as the Legendary Alston Boys of Logan County. The cousins have recently discovered that their town's Rorrim Mirror Emporium is actually a prison (part of the Multiverse Justice System); but mirrors are missing -- and with them the prisoners they held. So off the boys go through the looking glasses into the Warped World, a place much like their home world, but not quite. They recruit allies -- a veterinarian, a posse of giant spiders, and the local Church Ladies -- who, armed with forceful voices, a yo-yo, an Afro pick, and a giant mirror, prove formidable. Continuing a plot point from volume one, Otto also seeks a cure for a mysterious illness threatening Sheed's life. Lively prose, witty wordplay, and likable protagonists make this a fully engaging story. The text is spaciously laid out, with Otto's log entries and Adeola's illustrations (final art not seen) interspersed. An afterword hints at "adventures to come." Dean Schneider November/December 2020 p.99 Copyright 2020 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.