48 posts tagged Reviews

Review Halitor the Hero

Halitor the Hero by Rebecca Douglass My rating: 4 of 5 stars Sixteen-year-old Halitor was supposed to be on his way to becoming a Hero, according to the very-important manual, The Hero’s Guide to Battles, Rescues, and the Slaying of Monsters. But he is such a mistake-prone and girl-shy klutz that his master sacks him at a most inconvenient time, leaving poor Halitor stuck as the kitchen help at an inn in the middle of nowhere. There, he meets the determined and NOT-shy Melly, the kitchen ...

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Review: King’s Warrior

King's Warrior by Jenelle Leanne Schmidt My rating: 3 of 5 stars King’s Warrior is a young adult fantasy novel that follows the story of Princess Kamarie and her new friends as they journey and fight to save their country of Aom-igh from invaders.When I first picked up this book, I thought it was going to be something King-Arthurish. However, it’s set in an imaginative fantasy world, and the “knights” aren’t so much knights as warriors. But while it’s fantasy, the world doesn’t ...

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Review: The Dragondain (The Moonrealm, #2)

The Dragondain by Richard Due My rating: 2 of 5 stars This is the second book in the Moon Realm series. Prepare for lots of deep magic, play-by-play battle scenes, and some world-hopping. My dumbed-down review is this: I didn't like it nearly as much as the first, and though I DID like the writing style, I found the story so chocked full of characters that I couldn't keep track of them all, and I felt confused half the time. I'm also more than a tad annoyed that neither of the first two books ...

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Review: Four Week Filth Fest

Four Week Filth Fest by P.A. Kernan My rating: 4 of 5 stars I admit, the cover put me on my guard with Four Week Filth Fest. I was prepared for preschool level stuff. So, I ended up pleasantly surprised! It’s definitely more than it looks at first glance.Four Week Filth Fest is about 4th grader Andy Baker who has been a quiet loner his whole life. So when he suddenly gets the urge to undertake an insane “promise” — to go four weeks without bath or shower — it’s a huge deal, not just ...

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Review: The Carnelian

The Gemstone Chronicles Book One: The Carnelian by William L. Stuart My rating: 2 of 5 stars I give 3 stars to books I enjoyed while reading, 2 stars to books I had a difficult time wanting to finish. For me, this is a 2-1/2 star book.The Carnelian is a middle-grade fantasy about Beebop and Nana and their two grandchildren. Beebop’s amateur gem-collecting gets his family into trouble when they find a stone that turns out to be the magical prison of an elf. When the grandkids disobey Beebop ...

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Gifts for kid readers

If you're thinking about what to get the special kids in your life for the holidays, keep in mind that books make perfect gifts. To help you choose the best books for your middle-grade reader, I'm putting up my reviews of some of the books I've read over the last year. To see book reviews by kids, go to the bottom of this page.     For the history enthusiast The Unfortunate Son (15th century life, slavery, & some pirates) The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio (a treasure hunt in the ...

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Review: Darth Paper Strikes Back

Darth Paper Strikes Back: An Origami Yoda Book by Tom Angleberger My rating: 4 of 5 stars If you enjoyed Tom Angleberger's first book Origami Yoda, you'll definitely like Darth Paper Strikes Back. He does a great job staying true to the attitude and humor of the previous book and brings back all the main characters for an unexpected turn. I read Darth Paper with my third-grader, who didn't get all the jokes but still enjoyed it. (I think I laughed more than she did.) It's a quick read and ...

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Review: The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire, #1)

The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland My rating: 4 of 5 stars I give 4 stars to books I enjoyed while reading and think I can read again.The Dragonet Prophecy is a middle-grade book that tells the story of a young dragon named Clay and his four dragon friends, who have been raised from eggs in order to (hopefully) fulfill a prophecy to end the dragon wars.The story is told from the view of Clay, who is a Mudwing dragon. As eggs, Clay and his friends were taken from their various tribes by ...

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Review: The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio

The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio by Lloyd Alexander My rating: 3 of 5 stars The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio is told from the view of Carlo, a gullible, daydreaming youth who lives with his intolerant uncle in the port city of Magenta. Carlo's fortunes change when he finds a map inside a book he obtains from the market and sets out on a misadventure to find treasure.The characters of the book are rather one-dimensional in that they each have their specific role to play in the story, and they ...

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Review: The Unfortunate Son

The Unfortunate Son by Constance Leeds My rating: 3 of 5 stars I give 3 stars to books I enjoyed while reading, but feel like I got everything out of it in one read. The Unfortunate Son follows the stories of fifteen-year-old Luc and of fifteen-year-old Beatrice as they meet in their 15th century French village, become separated, and strive to be reunited. Luc is known as "the boy with one ear", and though, some see him as nothing but a freak, he is welcomed into the home of an old fisherman ...

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