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: Seven Wonders – The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis

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After collapsing at school and ending up in the hospital, Jack is brought to an island in the middle of nowhere. There he meets a scientist who tells him that he has a rare genetic condition that will end his life at fourteen and there is only one cure. He is also told that this condition makes him superhuman in certain ways.

Rating: 7.5/10 – This book is very imaginative and vivid. The story of this first book of the series is unique, and there is lots of fun and adventure without interruption from bad guys. There were some slow parts, but all in all it was an enjoyable book.

Kid’s Book Review: The Summer We Saved the Bees by Robin Stevenson

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The title of this book is misleading and gave me the impression that it would be about saving bees. Since I am passionate about the subject, I was hoping it would be about an adventure where the family makes progress spreading awareness or actually helping bees somehow. Instead, it was about a dysfunctional family and an overbearing mother who humiliates her children by forcing them to do things they were not passionate about or even comfortable doing.

Rating: 2/10 –  I gave it a couple of points because it was easy to visualize the imagery the author projected. It does give a little information about awareness, but was negated by the inability to take the mother seriously. I do not understand the point of this book. I didn’t learn anything about saving bees or how to overcome family conflicts, and at no point did I feel entertained. Too much drama, not enough substance.

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: 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 – Lucinda’s Secret” by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

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This is the third book in the Spiderwick Chronicles series.

Simon is rescued and the creatures are trying to steal the book. The children want answers so they go to their Aunt Lucinda, who tells them a very interesting story.

Rating: 9/10 – It’s a short book, and interesting, though definitely a “middle book”. It might have been better to have this story line as one big novel.

 

Kid’s Book Review: “Magical Adoption Agency – The Enchanted Egg” by Kallie George

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This is book 2 of the Magical Animal Adoption Agency Series. Here you can read about book one.

While working at the Magical Adoption Agency, Clover’s boss Mr. Jams get a phone call and immediately has to go on an emergency rescue mission. When he comes back to the agency, he has brought back a mysterious large egg. Later, Clover hears a noise coming from the other room so she goes to investigate. She finds that the egg is hatched, but there is nothing in the pen. I don’t want to say anymore because I don’t want to ruin the surprise.

Rating: 10/10 – It was an interesting story, I enjoyed it very much.

-Kid