SEA CUTTER: BOOK 1 IN THE CHRONICLES OF NATHANIEL CHILDE by:Timothy Davis

 When Nat’s mother goes to Maine and his father presumed dead he is left all alone. Nat’s friend Wayland comes over one afternoon and has a huge sea chest. Nat immediately recognises it as his father’s. They open it up and it has a mysterious message. Nat opens a case meant for his mother and finds a huge pearl. He thinks that it is a clue that his father is  on an island that has never been found, Perlas Grandes. Wayland suggests that they search for Perlas Grandes on his boat, the Sea Cutter. Nat gets excited, but Wayland ruins it by saying that he has to get permission from his mother to go. Nat soon finds a way around it, but what will he do about the deadly stowaway onboard the Sea Cutter? This was my first e-reader book! There was a little violence(someone gets stabbed), but I think a 9-year-old could handle it. This book reminded me of Treasure Island a little bit. I liked how in one part(I’m not telling you which) a character reappears from the beginning.  It had a ton of twists and turns with some cool nautical stuff. Sea Cutter get 4 out of 5 shields. Here is a link to Mr. Davis’ website www.timothydavisauthor.com/.

♦♦♦♦◊ 4 out of 5 shields

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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

ELEPHANT RUN by: Roland Smith

There are dark times in London during WWII, so Nick gets sent by his mother to Burma to live at his father’s timber    elephant plantation. When Nick finally gets used to how things are, the Japanese attack and take over the  plantation! What’s worse is Nick’s father gets captured along with Nick’s friend Indaw. Turns out Mya, a local on  the plantation, is being held captive on the plantation with Nick. Their only hope of escaping is on a                     mysterious monk. Can they get out of Burma?! This book is very well written and I love the suspense and adventure. I give this book 4 out 5 shields for the adventure that feels like your are right there with the character.

♦♦♦♦◊ 4 out 5 shields