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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Recent Reviews on Reading Tween

You may or may not know that our younger children have a blog called Reading Tween.  We thought we'd share with you a few of their recent reviews.  Reading Tween reviews books from Elementary age to some Young Adult.  If you have a children those ages, be sure to stop by and see what they recommend!

Reading level: Ages 9 and up
Hardcover: 608 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (September 13, 2011)
Buy The Book: Amazon
    Two stories, set fifty years apart; interwoven. One told through pictures and the other told through words.

    The first story is of Ben, a young boy in the 1977 who just lost his mother and sets out to look for his father. The second story follows Rose, a young girl from 1927's New Jersey who sets out to look for her idol, a movie star.

    Both children's search take them to New York City. Both children - deaf - are struggling to find what they are looking for in a world where hearing is normal and sometimes taken for granted. In a sense, they end up mirroring each other's search and face similar hardships. How their lives intertwine in the end, though I was able to guess, was still very bittersweet.
    My Review

    I liked this book because It's not too emotional, but it is at the same time and I like that. I also like it because Ben is not giving up.  He travled miles on his own and he leaves his family just to see if this guy is his dad and he is my age (I think)! 

    I like it because Rose travels miles too, just to get her mom to notice her and spend time with her because her mom is a movie star. 

    My favorite characters are:

    Ben: He is very cool because of what he did! (See My review above)

    Rose: She is SOOOOOOOO AWESOME!!!!!!!!! (You will see in the book and My review above)

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (September 21, 2010)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 1442334282
    ISBN-13: 978-1442334281
    Buy the Book: Amazon
    Twelve-year-old Eva Nine has spent her entire life living in Sanctuary, an underground compound where she is cared for by the motherly robot, Muthr (Multi-Utility Task Help Robot). She's never met another human nor visited the surface and she longs to do both, dreaming of a world - and of the companionship and love to be found there - that she's only seen glimpses of on scraps of paper. When Sanctuary is attacked, Eva is forced to escape to the surface alone, where she soon finds that the reality of life there is more amazing and puzzling than she ever imagined. It is also far more dangerous.

    Book Review

     I really liked this book. It was AMAZING! I think that The Search For Wondla is in my top ten favorite books. If you like stuff like Harry Potter and the Tigers Curse Series, you will enjoy this book. The book was a little sad, so sad I almost cried. I think I would like to listen to the audio again or maybe actually read it next time. My favorite character was Eva, I liked how she was really brave, and because she is trying to find another human.

    Audiobook Review

    The reader Teri Hatcher, does really well on reading the story and she also does really well on the different characters. To me, she is the female, non-British Jim Dayle. Teri Hatcher is one of my favorite readers. I would give her 4 Crowns. That's how good I thought she was.

    Audible Audio Edition
    Listening Length: 7 hours and 51 minutes
    Program Type: Audiobook
    Version: Unabridged
    Publisher: Harper Audio Release Date: September 27, 2011
    Ready by:  Kirby Heyborne
    Buy the book:  Audible | Hardcover
    Once upon a time, Hazel and Jack were best friends. But that was before he stopped talking to her and disappeared into a forest with a mysterious woman made of ice. Now it's up to Hazel to go in after him. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," Breadcrumbs is a story of the struggle to hold on, and the things we leave behind.

    Hardcover: 512 pages
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (September 6, 2011)
    Language: English
    Buy The Book: Amazon

      Eleven years ago, a shattered band of ancient monster hunters captured an unimaginable evil and Phineas T. Pimiscule rescued his nephew, Sky, from the wreckage of that great battle. For eleven years, Sky Weathers has studied traps, puzzles, science, and the secret lore of the Hunters of Legend believing it all a game. For eleven years, Sky and his family have hidden from dark enemies while, unbeknownst to Sky, his uncle Phineas sacrificed everything to protect them.

      For eleven years, Sky Weathers has known nothing of that day.

      But on the eve of Sky's twelfth birthday and his family's long-awaited return to the town of Exile, everything changes. Phineas has disappeared, and Sky finds himself forced to confront the mysterious secrets he's denied for so long: why did his family leave Exile on that day so long ago? What, exactly, has Phineas been preparing him for? And, the biggest mystery of all, who is Sky really and why does everyone want to kill him?

      My Thoughts~

            This. Book. Is. Epic. I know, for me, every book is, that's just the way I am. But seriously, this book is amazing. I haven't read that fast in ages. It took me about from the start of this week to yesterday afternoon, which is actually quite normal for me, but with school and homework and stuff I haven't read that fast since two years ago in sixth grade during class (Note: don't read during class). Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to talk about me, I'm trying to emphasize the amazingness of the book. I got completely sucked into this book, and I couldn't put it down for long. It has monsters and action and weapons, the works of an awesome adventure/action book. You definitely need to read this, after all the other ones I told you to read :P.

      Fave Characters~

           Sky Weathers: good at puzzles, has a person in the back of his mind, doesn't make friends easily. My kinda guy. He is my favorite character other than Hands, one of his friends that doesn't completely trust him until the very end, and Errand, the person I mentioned in the back of Sky's mind.

           Hands: likes his privacy, dramatizing everything, and teen vampire romance novels. Love the guy. He is something else, and definitely one of the best characters in the whole book.

           Errand: likes helping Sky with fights at school, takes Sky edgewalking, has been trapped and frozen in a prison for eleven years. He looks exactly like Sky, even has the same marks on his hand. Two white crescent moons in his palm that connect at the tips, surrounded by a black mark that looks like a wound that won't heal, it is also two crescent moons connected at the tips (The Hunter's Mark (white) and the cicatrix, or trix (black)).
      The best monsters in this story are:

           Echo: treelike, with big black wings like leather. Its branches can be like tentacles, or like branches, or like a shield around it. It does not have eyes, because the great monster hunter, Solomon Rose, gouged them out one by one.To survive a fight/encounter with one, attack the branches.

           Shadow Warg: basically shadow wolf, since warg means wolf, and is pronounced with a v not a w. Weird huh? Anyway, they are the size of a Clydesdale, and made of shadow and darkness. They can move from shadow to shadow without being seen, like in the Percy Jackson books when Nico shadow travels. They are controlled by a Wargarou, the pack leader pretty much. These creatures, even the Wargarou, can appear human when they want to. To survive a fight/encounter with one, use silver, fire, or wolfsbane.

      I couldn't not put the pics up, they are so awesome, even more than I imagined.

      Reading level: Ages 4-8
      Paperback: 272 pages
      Publisher: Square Fish (May 24, 2011)
      Buy the book:  Paperback

      It’s the start of the school year, and nothing feels right to Justin. He didn’t get the teacher he wanted, he’s not in the same class as his best friend, and his little sister, Elizabeth, is starting kindergarten at his school. Elizabeth doesn’t seem nervous at all. Justin is very nervous about third grade. And to top it off, he’s lost his favorite stuffed animal, but he can’t tell anyone, because technically he’s too old to still have stuffed animals. Right?

      Title and Author
      Justin Case Rachel Vail

      Plot Summary
      It's about a boy named Justin and his life in elementary/3rd grade. Nothing feels right to him. He hates it because he is moved from the classroom that his 2nd best friend Noah is in!

      Plot High Point
      My favorite part was when he woke up and realized he had no worries at all anymore. He is not afraid of bad guys or jiggly food or getting beat up by runny-aroundy kids or loud noises or death or dogs that growl. He has become the bravest kid on earth. April Fools.

      Personal Opinion
      I love this book!!!!!! I liked reading about his life and what it's like to be at school (because I'm home schooled). I liked Justin a lot. He's just like a normal kid. But he freaks out a lot about tons of different things. He's really funny because he exaggerates a lot. Like he thought that if he didn't climb this rope that was really high that he wouldn't pass third grade and he'd have to do it all over again. This book was pretty easy for me to read (I'm almost 9). I really loved it a lot!


      Reading level: Ages 9-12
      Hardcover: 160 pages
      Publisher: Aladdin (February 28, 2006)
      Buy the book: Amazon 
      Visit the site: Edgar & Ellen 
      A towering crisis interrupts the twins' usual mayhem: The mayor is about to build his monstrous Knightlorian Hotel right next door! But as they try to halt construction, Edgar and Ellen encounter a new foe -- an unknown prankster who's stealing their thunder (and their best schemes)! To stop the rash of copycat capers the twins must descend into the sewers, but what they discover there is stranger than anything they could have imagined. A mysterious journal, a secret laboratory, a villain's hideaway -- there's a lot more than sewage running beneath Nod's Limbs!

      This book was fun to read. It was really good, I enjoyed it a lot! It was pretty short and I understood the story. Edgar and Ellen have fun together and I like their creepy pranks. Pranks! Love them! Any kid would enjoy this book. Boys or Girls. All of the other Edgar and Ellen books are just as good, too. Go to the website, there are some cool games and stuff. My brother says the books are as good as
      The Series of Unfortunate Events.

      Reading Level: 8-12 yr.
      Hardcover: 384 pages
      Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 1, 2007)

      In enormous lettering the first page warns: "Do not read beyond this page!" The reason? The book contains a secret so nefarious as to be dangerous even to innocent page-turners daring enough to venture forth. The first few chapters present a tricky little exercise in metafiction in which the story about a secret is revealed as being itself too secret to tell, a ploy sure to tickle more puzzlesome readers. But then the intrusive narrator, who is equal parts snarky and delightful, strikes a deal and deigns to tell the story with fake names in Your Hometown, as long as you agree to "forget everything you read as soon as you read it." Then follows a not terribly shocking story wherein two intrepid kids uncover a mysterious society bent on immortality, which gets them in and out of all manner of trouble.
      My Review

      I liked this book a lot. It was one of the funniest books I have ever read before. It sometimes reminded me of The Series of Unfortunate Events series because it had a creepy kind of humor that was always keeping me laughing. I love the sense of mystery and that the author (whoever he might be) is always  putting in words of his own. And little footnotes at the bottom of the pages where he will kinda clear something up that is top-secret. I had a lot of fun reading this book and I think that anyone who likes simple mystery books or anything funny would like this.

      So make sure you stop by Reading Tween and give these kids a shout! It's so awesome as a mom to see your kids have such an enormous love of reading!

      Happy Reading!


      1. I was not aware of that blog. Thanks for pointing it out! My daughter is 8, and (thanks to Andye, I believe) loves the Goddess Girls series. I'll let her check out Reading Tween when she's ready for something new! :-)

      2. Thanks for sharing the reviews which are awesome and the blog. As a middle grade aspiring author I like to hear about good newer middle grade books.


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