Three friends discover a kindhearted troll beneath a Pittsburgh bridge who teaches them the importance of friendship and raising their voices.
Carl loves the view of Pittsburgh from his window, including many of the city’s bridges. When he sees a bridge wobble one night, he’s not sure if he imagined it. Then he notices unusual gouge marks under the bridge near his father’s new food truck.
He’s not the only one who’s worried, and soon he’s joined a group called the Midnight Brigade. They’re dedicated to finding out what’s damaging bridges all over town. It couldn’t be a monster, could it?
“The Midnight Brigade” is a whimsical middle-grade novel touching on themes like trust, friendship, and honesty. I was drawn to it by the striking cover art featuring Pittsburgh bridges.
Coincidentally, I picked it up shortly after the collapse of the Fern Hollow Bridge. The safety of our bridges may be a difficult topic in reality, but this book’s quirky tale has a happy ending.
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