Jerusalem (Let’s Go Explore)

Posted in Early Reader, Kids' Book Review by - Jul 17, 2014
Jerusalem (Let’s Go Explore)
  • Release Date: 4/8/2014

By Zondervan
Zonderkidz, $6.99, 48 pages

Reviewed by Christina, Age 9

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The Shark Whisperer (Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians)

Posted in Kids' Book Review, Tweens by - Jul 17, 2014
The Shark Whisperer (Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians)
  • Release Date: 5/1/2014

By Ellen Prager, Antonio Javier Caparo, Illustrator
Scarletta Junior Readers, $9.95, 288 pages

Reviewed by Christina, Age 9

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Magic Tree House #52: Soccer on Sunday (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))

Posted in Kids' Book Review, Tweens by - Jul 17, 2014
Magic Tree House #52: Soccer on Sunday (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))
  • Release Date: 5/27/2014

By Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca, Illustrator
Random House Books for Young Readers, $12.99, 128 pages

Reviewed by Christina, Age 9

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Secrets of the Terra-Cotta Soldier

Posted in Kids' Book Review, Tweens by - Jul 17, 2014
Secrets of the Terra-Cotta Soldier
  • Release Date: 1/7/2014

By Ying Chang Compestine
Amulet Books, $16.95, 224 pages

When Ming’s dad, Old Chen, has to go to Xi’an to try to stop the officials from closing the factory he works at, the Gee brothers come to their house, and they try to sell Old Chen and Ming stuff that they dig up.  Old Chen and Ming are poor, they don’t even have enough money to buy good food, and usually artifact is worth pretty much nothing. But this time is different. They bring something big in a wheelbarrow. Ming takes it and tells them to come back in a couple days for their …

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Lost Children of the Far Islands

Posted in Kids' Book Review, Tweens by - Jul 17, 2014
Lost Children of the Far Islands
  • Release Date: 4/8/2014

By Emily Raabe
Knopf Books for Young Readers, $16.99, 288 pages

When Gus and Leo’s mother gets really sick, the twins don’t know why. They soon learn a poem that their mom calls The Night Poem, but it isn’t a regular poem, it is a spell. The twins also have a sister that refused to speak for her whole life, until now. One night when they were all asleep, a Sea Mink comes to the kid’s room. They thought they were dreaming because Sea Minks were extinct.  They learn that this was the last Sea Mink in the whole entire world. He wasn’t a …

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The Mirk and Midnight Hour

Posted in Kids' Book Review, Young Adult by - Jul 17, 2014
The Mirk and Midnight Hour
  • Release Date: 3/11/2014

By Jane Nickerson
Knopf Books for Young Readers, $16.99, 384 pages

If you liked the written style of Beautiful Creatures then you will love The Mirk and Midnight Hour. Seventeen-year-old Violet is living through the hardships of the Civil War. Her father’s off fighting, her twin brother was killed in battle, her mom is a drug addict, her step-sister Sunny is in her own little world, vibrantly in love with Violet’s cousin Dorian, who despite his reciprocation to Sunny, heatedly desires Violet, and working at the hospital has left her drained, only wishing she had someone she could turn to. When she and little cousin …

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National Geographic Kids Myths Busted! 2: Just When You Thought You Knew What You Knew . . .

Posted in Kids' Book Review, Tweens by - Jul 17, 2014
National Geographic Kids Myths Busted! 2: Just When You Thought You Knew What You Knew . . .
  • Release Date: 5/13/2014

By Emily Krieger
National Geographic Children’s Books, $7.99, 208 pages

This book lists facts that most people think are true but they are really myths.  In the book a claim is made, the origin of the claim is given, and then the truth is explained.  For example:  A penny placed on railroad tracks can derail a train.  People like to flatten pennies by putting them on train tracks. Some people started and spread untrue stories that a penny derailed a train. But there is no record of a coin causing a train wreck. The book explains why a coin that weighs less than an …

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Cheesie Mack Is Not Exactly Famous

Posted in Kids' Book Review, Tweens by - Jul 17, 2014
Cheesie Mack Is Not Exactly Famous
  • Release Date: 2/25/2014

By Steve Cotler
Random House Books for Young Readers, $15.99, 256 pages

Cheesie Mack is Not Exactly Famous is the story of a boy who finds a historical artifact and gets the idea of putting a time capsule together to be opened in a hundred years to tell future people about present life in their town.

It is written so that Cheesie, the main character, is telling the story and it is just like an eleven-year-old wrote it. He is very funny, and sometimes disgusting–a lot like some of the kids at my school. Some parts are disgusting, but in an entertaining way. He’s not that …

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Between Two Worlds

Posted in Kids' Book Review, Young Adult by - Jul 17, 2014
Between Two Worlds
  • Release Date: 4/8/2014

By Katherine Kirkpatrick
Wendy Lamb Books, $16.99, 304 pages

Billy Bah, a sixteen-year-old Inuit girl, has met the Perry family before, when they took her to America for a year when she was a small child, so she recognizes an American ship when it sails into the bay. On the ship are Mrs. Perry and her daughter, Marie, who are looking for Lieutenant Perry. Billy Bah and her husband decide to go with them.  Mrs. Perry is willing to sacrifice anything and everything to find her husband, and Billy Bah and her husband set out to rescue Perry before winter freezes them all.

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Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice

Posted in Kids' Book Review, Tweens by - Jul 17, 2014
Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice
  • Release Date: 4/29/2014

By Mike Maihack
GRAPHIX, $12.99, 176 pages

If you’re looking for a reference book to help you write a report on Cleopatra, this isn’t it. However, if you’re looking for a graphic novel about a 15-year old girl who is sent into the future, hates algebra, gets sent to detention, is a whiz at using slingshots and ray guns, and is looked at as the prophesied savior of the galaxy, you’ve found your book. While playing in ancient Egypt one day, Cleo (that’s what she like to be called) uncovers a secret doorway behind which she finds a tablet that transports her into the …

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