Kid’s Book Review: The Seven Wonders – Lost in Babylon

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This is book 2 in the series. When Aly, Cass, and Jack realize Marco is missing, the Kurai Institute sets off to try and find him. They find Marco near a river and he has found a wormhole where he believes is where the second Loculus is. The four children go through the wormhole and find that they are not in the modern world anymore.

Rating: 7/10 – There were some really slow parts in this book, and they didn’t reveal any answers until the very end. Besides this, it was well written and an interesting story.

 

 

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Kid’s Book Review: How to Steal a Dragon’s Sword by Cressida Cowell

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Hiccup and the other warriors-to-be have one final test to climb Angry Mountain to reach Flashburn’s Palace. There, they will compete in the sword fighting tournament to achieve higher ranking. When they arrive, something is wrong. Nobody is there except a witch who happens to be the mother of Alvin the Treacherous.

Rating: 1/10 – The entire storyline was drawn out and slow. Every time it showed any sign of getting better, it would take a nose dive. The villains are horrible and there is so much negative drama that I found it depressing at every turn.

Kid’s Book Review: The House of Mirrors by Pierdomenico Baccalario.

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This is the third book in the Ulysses Moore series.

Now that the children are home, they learn that Ulysses Moore isn’t the only one who has one of the keys to the newly discovered doors. Now they must follow him back in time to try to get the key before Oblivia does.

Rating: 8.5/10 – I enjoyed this book a little more then the rest of the series. A lot of the mysteries from the previous books came together in this story.

 

Kid’s Book Review: The Door To Time by Pierdomenico Baccalario.

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This is book one of the Ulysses Moore series.

When Julia and Jason move into a new home, they notice the house has many rooms and mysteries. The kind of mysteries like a chair moving when you are not looking. While playing, Jason falls from a cliff and finds a mysterious box in a little hole in the rock face. In this box is a coded message that sends the children on an adventure trying to figure out what it means.

Rating: 8/10 – I did enjoy this book quite a bit but there was a lot of problem solving and not much action.

Kid’s Book Review: Listen Slowly by Thanhha Lai

 

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Mai is sent to Vietnam with her grandmother in hopes of finding what happened to her grandmother’s husband after the war. When she arrives, she meets a young girl her age named Ut, who she immediately doesn’t like. During her grandmother’s quest, Ut and Mai have fun moments and become good friends.

Rating: 7.5/10 – The girls ate snails and they described that very clearly. Because I have pet snails and care about them, it was a little upsetting to me. This book was very descriptive of Vietnam and gave me a good idea of what it might be like there.

 

Kid’s Book Review: “The Spiderwick Chronicles- The Field Guide” by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

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Jared, Simon, and Mallory Grace move into an old Victorian house and right away they start hearing noises from the walls. Simon gets excited because he thinks it is a squirrel. While exploring around the house, Jared finds a mysterious book (an informative field guide) written by a relative a long time ago. The book describes strange creatures and how to deal with each of them.

When Jared is blamed for mischievous events that occur around the house, he tries to find out what is really going on, and discovers one of the creatures described in the book.

Rating: 10/10. I absolutely loved this book. It was a fun introduction to a very awesome story line.

Kid’s Book Review: “Dragon Masters” Rise of the Earth Dragon by Tracey West

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This book is for younger readers, and has lots of illustrations so it is easy to imagine the story line.

A young boy (Drake) is brought to the castle because he is chosen to be a dragon master. He soon meets his dragon (Worm) and also his fellow dragon masters, Ana, Rori and Bo. They learn flight practice, but Worm cannot fly. Afterwards, we discover that Worm has other talents.

7/10 – I wasn’t captivated by this story, but this is only book one, so I will read another of the series and give it another chance.