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: 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 Long Lost Map by Pierdomenico Baccalario

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This is book two in the Ulysses Moore series. Here is the review of book one.

The children find an abandoned ship in a mysterious cove and try to use it to get back home. They manage to get the ship moving, but when they arrive at the exit, they realize it doesn’t lead where they expected it to. Instead, they have somehow arrived in ancient Egypt, and the only way to get back home is to solve one of the many mysteries of Ulysses Moore.

Rating: 8/10 – The storyline was interesting, but I would like to find a book where adventure and mystery can be enjoyed without evil characters. I have read so many adventure books and cannot remember one that didn’t have someone there to mess up the fun. If there is a writer reading this, please consider this in your next book.

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: “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.