THE SON OF NEPTUNE by: Rick Riordan

  Percy Jackson finds himself running into a Roman demigod camp with his memory stolen. The kids at camp have their own problems to worry about: One guy’s life depends on a stick! The Mother Earth and her giants want to take over the world. Can Percy and his friends band together and stop the giants from rising again and learn to use their “gifts”? The characters all have a gift/curse so it is interesting how they try to solve their problems. I read this book in one day it was so good! The Son of Neptune gets 5 out of 5 shields. This is book 2 in the Heroes of Olympus series. You can check out Mr. Riordan’s site at www.rickriordan.com. There are tons of cool facts on all of his books. ;D

♦♦♦♦♦ 5 out of 5 shields

THE SHIFTER by: Janice Hardy

Nya is a taker. She can shift pain into other people. Nya’s sister, Tali, disappears and Nya must find her but she must also get to the bottom of what’s happening with government officials. I loved the characters in this book-everyone has a very distinct personality and they really develop throughout the story. I also like the setting very much, there is a war going on and it’s set in the desert. I give this book 4 out of 5 shields. This is book one in The Healing Wars Series. I can’t wait to read the next one. To learn more about these books you can check out Ms. Hardy’s website at http://www.janicehardy.com.

♦♦♦♦◊ 4 out of 5 shields

Published in: on November 21, 2011 at 7:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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TRACKER by: Gary Paulsen

John’s Grandfather has cancer so he has to hunt alone this year. He waits and waits, but cannot see a single deer. Finally he comes apon a doe in a clearing. He picks up his gun and tries to pull the trigger, but he can’t bring himself to do it. He stalks the deer through the forest for a while until he comes very close to the doe. He reaches out and touches the doe. Then he heads home.  It had no story line what so ever.It lacked excitement.  The character development was okay, but John didn’t really do anything besides walk in the woods. This book gets 2 out of 5 shields. Usually I love Gary Paulsen’s books, but this one didn’t live up to my expectations.

♦♦◊◊◊ 2 out of 5 shields

Published in: on November 13, 2011 at 7:16 pm  Comments (5)  
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I WENT TO THE DAHLONEGA LITERARY FESTIVAL!!!!!!!

I woke up on Saturday thinking I was going to karate, but noooo. I heard about the Dahlonega Literary Festival and I just had to go. We got there at about 11:20 and we walked around looking at publishers and authors. Then we had lunch (very good pizza by the way!). I loved listening to the authors speak after lunch. They were very interesting. I even got my book signed by Janice Hardy, the author of The Healing Wars Series (ten and up). Here is the link to her website: www.janicehardy.com.  After I read it I will do a review. I also met Amber Evans (she wrote The Wrath- 14+). The man in the picture is Mark Braught. He did the original illustrations for Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone! I am hoping that he will donate a piece of his work for a contest/giveaway-I will keep you posted on that. He and his wife, Laura Knorr (also a famous illustrator), did a cool portrait demonstration. Robyn Hood Black did an interesting presentation on wolves. Thank you to all of the wonderful authors, illustrators, and publishers that I met today! I had a great time! 😀

Published in: on November 13, 2011 at 12:30 am  Comments (4)  
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HATCHET by:Gary Paulsen

When Brian goes to see his father the pilot of his plane suddenly has a heart attack. Brian manages to land it, but can he survive with only a hatchet? Can he face the dangers of the wild? I give this book 4 out of 5 shields. I really liked the parts about the little things that Brian starts to notice while he is in the wild. The situations and problems Brian gets into are very creative. You can always count on Gary Paulsen for a good survival story. Here is a link to his website: www.randomhouse/features/garypaulsen.com.

♦♦♦♦◊ 4 out of 5 shields

Published in: on November 9, 2011 at 12:03 am  Comments (5)  
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AL CAPONE DOES MY SHIRTS by: Gennifer Choldenko

Moose Flanagan moves to Alcatraz. Is he happy about that? NOT ONE BIT! A sister with autism only makes things harder. Especially when his sister might be friends with one of the convincts! The daughter of the warden then makes a plan to make some money… illegaly! Moose gets caught up in the whole plan. Finally things start to be more normal, but his sister can’t get into a school for Autistic children. Moose is desperate so he writes Al Capone a letter. Is there a response? I picked this book up and once I started reading it I busted out laughing the whole time. It was funny and fast-paced. I give it 4 out of 5 shields. I really liked how she described Moose’s feelings about his sister.

♦♦♦♦◊ 4 out of 5 shields

and The Winner is…

This Kid Reviews Books wins with Patrick Carman as his author. I’ll have to find a Patrick Carman book to review! Congrats to Erik!

Published in: on November 2, 2011 at 8:49 pm  Comments (1)  
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THE QUILL PEN by: Michelle Isenhoff

 Micah lives in an ordinary town with ordinary people… or so he thought. When his strict father sends him to help an old widow clean her attic, he sees a brightly colored quill pen that he keeps. At first he writes a journal entry and strangely enough it comes true! Then he writes again and again and every time he writes with the pen it comes true! He then learns dark secrets and mysterious tales. He meets an invincible man and fights a murderer. Follow Micah as he goes on his adventures with the quill pen. I loved the suspense in this book! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading! I give this book 5 out of 5 shields. Great job Michelle Isenhoff!  You should definitely check out this book at www.michelleisenhoff.com

♦♦♦♦♦ 5 out of 5 shields

Published in: on November 2, 2011 at 8:45 pm  Comments (7)  
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