by Roland Smith
Published in 2006 by Hyperion
352 pages -Ages 9-12
Meet Marty and Grace O’Hara (twins). Marty and Grace live at a boarding school and their parents are missing in a helicopter crash. Marty is a trouble maker at his school along with his roommate, Luther. Grace might be a foot shorter than Marty, but she is a foot smarter! When they get an e-mail from their mysterious Uncle (that they didn’t know existed) saying that he was going to take them to his island, they go straight to their headmaster, Dr. Beasel to find out what was going on. They ended up going to their Uncle’s island(Cryptos Island) to live with him. They find out that their Uncle is going to the Congo without them to find DINOSAUR eggs and they have to go back to the school. Marty and Grace get on board the jet to be sent back to school, but accidentally get dropped into the Congo during the cargo drop. Then a crazy adventure starts!
This book is Funny, Exciting, Entertaining, and Teaching (F.E.E.T.). This is the first book featuring Marty and Grace. The second one is called Tentacles (see my review). Both books were excellent! I recommend this book to everyone who can read! If you want more Marty and Grace, the third book in the series (which may be called Chupacabra) is coming out 2012! You can also find out more information at Roland Smith’s website!
I give this book 5 out of 5 book worms!
Club Penguin Shadow Guy and Gamma Gal: Heroes Unite
By Arie Kaplan Illustrated by Richard Cabajal
64 pages – ages 6+
Published by Grosset & Dunlap in 2010
Another Absolutely Awesome Graphic Novel – CLUB PENGUIN Shadow Guy And Gamma Gal: HEROES UNITE
Learn how the super heroes of Club Penguin got their powers and learn how hey became united!
Meet Gamma Gal – The girl who shines with gamma powers and was trained by Sensei who also taught her martial arts.
Meet Shadow Guy – This is one penguin that lurks in the shadows-because he is a shadow! He was trained by Gary The Gadget Guy (AKA E.P.F. Agent G – The E.P.F. stands for Elite Penguin Force). They join together to stop a sea monster that even the EPF couldn’t stop. Can they work together?
This is a good graphic novel. The story was exciting. The pictures are really colorful and the book is good for young advanced readers because there is no real violence and the language is good. You don’t have to be a fan of www.clubpenguin.com to enjoy the book (although I do like to play Club Penguin online and on the Wii). There are many other Club Penguin graphic novels to choose from if you like this one!
I rate this book 4 out of 5 book worms.
Moon Over Manifest (Kindle edition)
By Clare Vanderpool
368 Pages – Ages 12+
Published in 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Winner of the 2011 John Newbery Medal for the “most distinguished contribution to American
literature for children.”
12-year old Abilene Tucker was sent to Manifest, Kansas by her father because he had to go work for the railroad and couldn’t look after her. He sent her to live with Shady Howard, a friend of her fathers, who was an ex-bartender reverend of a church in an ex-bar (does that make him a revertender?). She was used to a hard life on the road with her father and didn’t know how she would like Manifest, the town where her father grew up. Abilene wanted to learn more about the town and her Dad’s childhood so, with her two new friends Lettie and Ruthanne, Abilene investigated the town’s past by reading old newspapers and talking to the town’s people. They also got into a hunt for a spy (THE RATTLER) that started decades ago. Slowly Abilene learned about the town, the people in it, her Dad and some secrets that they all had.
It was a good book. The story was very good but I also learned a lot about how some immigrants were treated when they got to the United States. Sometimes parents got separated from their children -some family members were allowed to stay in the USA while others were sent back if they were sick. I also learned about how immigrants made the United States a really cool place and how a lot of different people lived together and sometimes had problems but sometimes got along well. Abilene was a good character and I liked reading about how she uncovered the stories about Manifest’s and her Dad’s past.
I give it 4 out of 5 book worms.
Artemis Fowl The Graphic Novel
Adapted by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin
Art by Giovanni Rigano – Color by Paola Lamanna
Published in 2007 by Hyperion
112 pages -ages 12+
This graphic novel is an adaptation of the first Artemis Fowl novel.
Artemis Fowl is a 12-year old criminal genius who is very wealthy and wants more. He discovers that fairies are real and more importantly that the fairies have A LOT of gold. Artemis and his two faithful employees take a fairy hostage and ransom her for A LOT of gold. The fairies of the Lower Elements Police recon unit (A.K.A. LEPrecon), the elite fairy police force (we aren’t talking Tinkerbell here -think of GI Joe with magic powers) have to rescue the kidnapped fairy without loosing their gold and letting the rest of the world know that they exist.
I haven’t read the Artemis Fowl novel yet. I liked the graphic novel but I think more details of the story would be in the regular book. It seems like a very cool story and I am definitely going to read the full length book. The art work in the graphic novels is very detailed. It is definitely made for older kids because it is kind of creepy and the story can be kind of violent. There were a couple of not-so-nice words (not curse word -but words we don’t use in our house) in the book (2 of them).
I give the book 4 out of 5 book worms with a warning not to get it for younger kids.
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood -(Kindle book)
by Howard Pyle
Published in 2008 by A.C. Bryan
330 pages – ages 12+
Did you realize there is much more to the story of Robin Hood other than him being a guy who stole from the rich to give to the poor? How did Robin Hood get his name? Did you know Robin Hood was an Uncle? How did he get his band of Merry men? This book explains how Robin Hood got to be Robin Hood. In 1883 Howard Pyle (who happens to be from Delaware!) put together many traditional Robin Hood stories and made them into this complete book about Robin Hood.
I think the best part of the book is when Robin Hood had a feast with the Bishop of Hereford and the 5 friars and Howard Pyle wrote that “ it was a glorious feast but since he (Mr. Pyle) wasn’t invited” he couldn’t tell us what happened there -I think this was a funny joke the author played on the readers!
The book was a challenge for me to read because it was written in old English so many of the words (thou, ye) were unfamiliar to me and it is written on a harder level -that’s why I gave the age as 12+. BUT -it shouldn’t keep you from reading it. I am happy I did because now think I know the language better AND I really liked the story of Robin Hood Mr. Pyle told. Some of the stories were funny, and all of them were interesting with some action and adventure!
I give this classic book 5 out of 5 book worms!
The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters
By Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Published in 2001 by LB Kids
32 Pages – Ages 4- 8
Today I have my first guest book review and the guest reviewer is…….my little sister Josie!! (Josie is 7).
I liked the Cinderella story in the book the best. I like the pictures and the letters you can pull out. I like pulling the letters out of the pockets. Reading the letters and post cards is funny. I like when the postman delivers the mail. Some of the words were hard to read but the pictures helped me know what the words are. It is a very good bed time story book. I would tell my friends to read it. I give it 5 out of 5 book worms!
Thanks, Josie! Now a note from me (Erik)! I think this book is very unique because all throughout the book there are actual letters tucked into envelopes and you pull the letters out to read them. There is a birthday invitation for Goldilocks, a letter from an attorney to the wolf in the Red Riding-Hood story, a post card from Jack to the giant and a lot more. It is a lot of fun to discover what the postman is delivering!