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Interview with Author Lisa Orchard about her book series, The Super Spies!

23 Jul

Howdy, Readers! Have I got a treat for you guys! Not only do I get to tell you about a great, or should I say, SUPER series, I also get to enlighten you with a thrilling interview with the author!

What series is this, you ask? What author is this, you also ask? Why, it’s none other than the Super Spies series, and its author, Lisa Orchard!

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Ms. Orchard writes wonderful mysteries for middle grade readers.

Book 1
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Book 3
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The Super Spies are about a group of girls (Sarah, her sister Lacy, her friend Jackie), but they do sometimes team up with Scott – the police chief’s son. They all work together to solve mysteries that are happening in their small town. They have plenty of adventures, and always get more than they bargained for. They have had a total of 3 adventures so far (see my review of book 1 HERE) and I have reviews of books 2 and 3 posted on Amazon and GoodReads. Check out Ms. Orchard’s Amazon author page HERE and her GoodReads author page HERE.

These books are amazing and full of adventures, and mysteries that kept me guessing “who did it?”!

Now, onto the interview! :)

bloglogoWhen did you get into writing thrilling mysteries? Is that your genre of choice?

piedpiperI became interested in mysteries at a very young age. I started writing my own in fifth grade, but didn’t pursue publication until I stayed home with my kids.

bloglogo Your stories remind me of a modern-day Nancy Drew. What were some of your favorite mysteries to read while you were growing up? Why did you like them?

piedpiperIt’s funny you should mention this because I devoured Nancy Drew books along with the Bobbsey Twins and Trixie Belden when I was younger. These books stand out as my favorite when I was growing up and I liked them because they had strong female characters in them. I’ve always liked a strong female who’s a bit of a rebel. ;)

bloglogoI like a good Nancy Drew mystery too. :) How did you get the idea for Scoop Davis, the veteran, retired investigative reporter (he’s possibly one of my favorite characters) for your Super Spies series?

piedpiperHe’s one of my favorite characters too. I felt the girls needed an ally who could travel through the adult world and gather information or act as a chauffeur and chaperon. I liken him to a kindly uncle who’s a kid at heart himself.

bloglogoScoop is one of my favorites too. The characters and plots are very believable in your books. How do you research your books? Do you look at real-life crimes or police work?

piedpiperYes, I do. I do quite a bit of research on the internet, but nothing compares to running my ideas by a detective with the State Police. When I get to a scene that needs some input, I give her a call and she tells me if my scene is accurate or not. If it is, I’m good to go. If it isn’t she tells me the info I need to make it accurate. She’s a great source and I appreciate all the help she has given me on the Super Spies series.

bloglogoThe research sounds cool! Your 3rd Super Spies book (The Pied Piper) ended very well and thoroughly. Do you plan on writing a 4th book? I really liked the series and think it ended well, but I just don’t want to leave the characters!

piedpiperYes. I’m planning on a fourth book and I have a couple of ideas that I’m mulling over. I’ve been so busy with the coming of age novel that I just finished that I haven’t had time to write it out yet. J Once, I decide on the idea, I’ll start writing it.

bloglogoAwesome! Any other projects you would like to share with us?

piedpiperYes. I just completed a coming of age novel that my publisher is dividing into three separate books. I’m really excited about this series. It was a lot of fun to write and I’m currently working on the next one in the Starlight Chronicles (that’s the name of the series).

 

Thank you Ms. Orchard!

To learn more about Ms. Orchard and her books, visit her website HERE!

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The Dark Eagles Book 2: Wells In Desolation by David R. Smith

21 Jul

wellsThe Dark Eagles Book 2: Wells In Desolation

By David R. Smith

320 pages – ages 12+

Published by Vrigham Distribution on February 13, 2014

Kief and his friends are back in an all new adventure. After breaking Flinch, a friend, out of jail, Kief and Tarc, along with Flinch flee their country, which was invaded by soldiers from Gar. They are going to Gar to find Kief’s father, who had been held captive there for a long time. When mysterious “Stone Hunters” start chasing Kief, going after the mysterious stone that his grandfather gave to him, the friends get reckless and get a job on a ship that will take them to Gar. Little do they know that they will soon become prisoners for no good reason. Making a friend with a fellow prisoner, they escape. The man joins them and they head towards the Wells In Desolation – where Kief’s father is being held. But will they make it there, and back, ALIVE?

This was an action-packed book, much like the first book (to read my review of it, click HERE)! I love the thrills. Mr. Smith has got the fantasy world down! I love the descriptions and the humor in the dialogue. At first I was confused at the beginning of the book because it didn’t recap the first book (and I read the first book a while ago), but I soon got past it and just enjoyed the story. Kief is a great main character. He acts like you would expect him to act. At first I wasn’t sure about his age, but apparently, because Fundautum is a different planet, they age differently. That really helped, it’s just that it explained the aging differently at the end of the book – I wish it was sooner. I DO think that it was cool and nice of the author to have information about Fundautum at the beginning and end of the book – nice touch. The story is good and the plot is solid. I really like how the characters get along with each other. The book is a tad violent but not graphically. It is a great read for middle graders.

I give this book four out of five bookworms.fourbooks

Check out Mr. Smith’s website HERE!

 

 

Book Review! The Starburst Juju by Monica Strang AND GIVEAWAY!!!

25 Jun

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Ms. Strang has offered to give away a copy of her book to one lucky person (USA addresses only)! Read to the bottom to find out how to enter!

The Starburst Juju

By Monica Strang

278 pages – ages 12+

Published by Pants on Fire Press on January 3, 2014

15-year-old Pepper Jones was shocked. The Maddocks, aliens that are kidnapping the best of the best humans on Earth (the best architect, the best artist, the best scientist, etc.), just kidnapped her parents. Two ordinary, run-of-the-mill school teachers. So, what were they the best at? Pepper and her best friend Parker wondered that, until they were met by a human-like cat-looking man. He says his name is Ando and that he is a Popoki (not a cat!) and that he was a friend of her parents – brilliant inventors from an academy on a different planet! Pepper and Parker go to the academy and hatch a plan. They plan on how to save her parents by finding the Starburst Juju, a powerful alien stone that can help free her parents.  But Pepper and Parker are only two humans and they are up against an entire race of aliens.

This was a great story. I loved all of the cool gadgets, especially the Orico. I really want one – they are bracelets that can do a bunch of things at a command. I love that the book made me think about some things. For example the story says all planets that can support life are about the same size, same distance from their sun, same temperature range, etc. compared to Earth – I never thought about it like that. But I guess that only goes for life-forms like us but what if there are other types of life… okay getting off topic… Back to my point – I like books that make me think! :) The characters in the book were developed well. The aliens were fun to read about. I like Ando. He is really interesting, and I would love to spend a day with him. Pepper is a great character – smart, realistic, and nice. I also liked Parker. He’s a great friend to Pepper, and an immature normal teenage boy. ;) I think that this book is awesome, but I am slightly sad that this is a stand-alone novel. It ended well though. I think Ms. Strang closed it very nicely. Ms. Strang has a great writing style. I think this is another cross over type book – one that advanced MG readers will love as well as younger YA readers.

I give “The Starburst Juju” five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

Watch the awesome book trailer!

Now, for the GIVEAWAY!!!

To enter in the contest, all you need to do is comment and say that you want to win a copy of this great book (USA addresses only please)!

If you want to make it fun, name your favorite alien from any novel, TV Show, comic, movie, etc. For example, I would say “Superman” or “General Grievous”.

Next week my sister Josie will pick the winner from all of the names put in a hat! :)

Good luck and thanks for reading my blog!

Double Review of the Novellas The Greenest Valley AND Orisow by Ross Rosenfeld!

17 Jun

I reviewed Ross Rosenfeld’s The Stolen Kingdom  a while ago (see my review HERE). I thought it was a great “cross-over” book that is kind of YA and kind of MG. It is a great action-adventure story and I enjoyed it very much.

Mr. Rosenfeld has written 2 companion stories (novellas) to go along with The Stolen Kingdom.

These short, companion stories to The Stolen Kingdom tells the stories of Winkle, the Pooglie-Wooglie who was high-elder of the Pooglians when The Stolen Kingdom took place. (The Pooglie-Wooglie people (or Pooglians) are a group of ugly, disfigured, scarred, handicapped, etc., people whose ancestors had been banished from the face of the Earth because they were so ugly and the people didn’t want them to have children, so they lived below ground) These books tell of Winkle’s adventures as a young man.

greenestThe Greenest Valley

By Ross Rosenfeld

Illustrated by Erick Romero and Christine Choe

50 pages – ages 10+
Published by Fun Books on April 16, 2014

The Pooglie-Wooglie village was running low on food, and the land above them was covered in frost (for a few miles). An expedition of 8 Pooglians (love that name!) went to find food. Winkle had volunteered to go, thinking that it would have been a normal hunting trip. Boy, was he wrong! The Pooglians only came back with 3 of them alive…

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orisowOrisow

By Ross Rosenfeld

Illustrated by Erick Romero and Christine Choe

51 pages – ages 10+
Published by Fun Books on May 15, 2014

Winkle is back with another one of his stories. This time, on a hunting expedition, above ground, getting veggies from a field, a human above ground spots one of the Pooglians. They call the Pooglians “demons” and rush to tell the nearby village. The Pooglians flee. The elders decide that the Pooglians have to move out of the area, in case the locals above do an intense search of the area around them. On the way, the Pooglians, gathering food above ground, spot a castle with slaves coming into it. They watch the evil lord of the castle whip a woman for doing nothing. The Pooglians are moved, and want to help. But how can they?

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This is a good series. I loved “The Stolen Kingdom”, and these books are marvelous follow-up short stories/novellas. The stories are imaginative and original and fun to read. The settings are creative and you feel like you are there with Winkle. There is some violence, but nothing graphic (just fighting). In “The Greenest Valley”, there is a monster that eats the Pooglians. In “Orisow”, the Pooglians raid the castle. Winkle is a cool character, and he is a great soldier. I think that you can really connect with him. I love Mr. Rosenfeld’s writing style in these books. I like how they are told in first person, because Winkle is writing them as if he were telling the young Pooglie-Wooglie children the stories, which was really cool. The illustrations in the book are very nice, colorful, and they add to the story. The books, at 50-ish pages, are perfect for reluctant readers or kids just looking for a good story. While it would probably be better to read The Stolen Kingdom first, it isn’t needed because enough back-story is included in these novellas. I am looking forward to other books in this series!

4 out of 5 bookworms for these novellas!fourbooks

Wrath of the Caid: Book 2 in the Red Hand Adventures by Joe O’Neill

7 May

caidWrath of the Caid: Book 2 in the Red Hand Adventures
by Joe O’Neill
225 pages – ages 12+
Series: Red Hand Adventures
Published Black Ship Publishing (May 1, 2013)

Summary from the back of the book:

“Morocco in 1912. A group of friends scattered like the wind. A feared assassin, chained in a prison cell, freed to pursue his prey across the land. A mysterious troupe, traveling the world, guarding a secret from the time of the pharaohs. A crippled warlord, blind with fury, exacting revenge at any cost. Two schoolgirls, bind their friendship against all odds. A ruthless bounty hunter, stalks his next prize. A wanted pirate. A fugitive English colonel. A conspiracy. Welcome to Wrath of the Caid.”

Summary from me:

Friends Tariq, Aseem, Fez and Margaret have escaped from the Caid’s Kasbah. With the help of the assassin Sanaa, Margaret gets back to her home in England but is finding it hard to fit back into social life after being a slave and having her father kidnapped by pirates. Tariq, Aseem and Fez decide to get information for the rebel forces in Morocco to be used against the Caid. The boys get into trouble and get separated and Tariq meets up with an unusual character, Melbourne Jack, a treasure hunter all the way from Australia. Things get worse as Margaret gets shipped off to France after releasing bees in her school master’s office (with Miss Cromwell in it), Tariq and Melbourne Jack get cornered by the Caid’s men, the French have teamed up with the Caid and will supply him soldiers and guns, and the Caid has released the Black Mamba, a terrible thug who is feared in all of Morocco, to destroy the rebels. Somehow the friends have to find a way to help the rebels and defeat the Caid before it’s too late.

What I thought:

This is the second book in the Red Hand Adventure series. I really enjoyed the first book, Rebels of the Kasbah (see my review HERE) and even though there is a lot going on plot-wise in Wrath of the Caid, Mr. O’Neill introduces each character and history in a great way that you can read this book as a stand-alone (but don’t because Rebels is a great book ;) ). The adventure is amazing and I love the setting of Morocco in the early 1900s. It’s cool to learn about the French involvement in Morocco and the British involvement with piracy. There are a ton of characters in this book, all the ones from the first book, plus some new ones. Each character is really developed and you get to know them very well. The publisher rates the age level at 9-12 years (or at least that’s what’s on Amazon) but because the plot switches back and forth a bunch and there is some violence in the book (more than a typical 9 years + book) I’d say this book is great for kids 12+ (my opinion). Mr. O’Neill packs a huge story in these 225 pages, but it is written so well that the reader follows along, quickly turning the pages to find out what happens next. There was one part of the story with a gypsy and another with a ghost that I thought broke the flow of the story up but that was  a minor part. The bad guys in Mr. O’Neill’s story are terrifying (don’t we all want our bad guy to be really bad?) and the good guys are amazingly heroic.  The ending of the book left me a bit frustrated. With all the different parts of the plot going on, none of them ended. The ending was a complete cliff-hanger (MAJOR cliffhangers) in every part of the story. Even with the slightly disappointing ending, this series has made it to my “I can’t wait for the next book” list. I think boys and girls will both like the exciting story and the great mix of characters.

Four out of five bookworms for Wrath of the Caid.fourbooks

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To learn more about the Red Hand Adventures, please visit their very cool website HERE.

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Papercutz Classics Illustrated – The Sea Wolf by Jack London

30 Apr

The-Sea-WolfPapercutz Classics Illustrated – The Sea Wolf
By Jack London
Adapted by Riff Reb’s
Series: Classics Illustrated Deluxe (Book 11)
144 pages – ages 12+
Published by Papercutz on April 1, 2014

Summary – In an unfortunate accident, the gentleman, Humphrey van Weyden, gets washed overboard while traveling on a ferry. The sailors of  the Ghost, a sea hunting ship, pull Humphrey from the sea. Humphrey believes that he is saved but the captain of the ship, Wolf Larsen forces Humphrey to be the new cabin-boy on his ship (one of his other crew members just died and he needed a replacement). Humphrey is held captive and forced into a hard and terrifying life at sea. When a castaway lady named Maud Brewster ends up on the boat, the two rely on each other and escape together. But, the Sea Wolf is still out there…

 

What I thought – WOW – this was a great story! I think the Papercutz Classics Illustrated series is a great way to get kids to read classics and see what awesome stories the classics have. The illustrations in this adaptation makes the reader totally involved in the story. You can feel the mood of the whole book from them – dark, creepy, cold…

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The character Wolf Larsen is terrifying! I think he is now one of my top favorite literary villains. The description of the brutal life on the ship was vivid and the illustrations made it even more so. At 144 pages this is no comic book, it is a graphic novel and you get a great story. I have not read the original Sea Wolf. I have read Jack London’s White Fang and there is violence in Jack London books. The publisher rates this book as 8+ but I think because of the violence this book is good for kids 12+.  As I said I never read the full version of the book, so I can’t tell how close the adaptation is to the real thing. I can say that the story kept me reading. I read it straight through, no stops. I am sure, after reading this adaptation, I will pick up the full version of the book one day.

Four out of five bookworms for The Classics Illustrated  Sea Wolf!fourbooks

To learn more about the Classic Illustrated series, visit the Papercutz website HERE.

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The Merman and The Moon Forgotten by Kevin McGill

15 Apr

merman and the moon forgottenThe Merman and The Moon Forgotten

Series: Nikolas and Company: Episode #1

By Kevin McGill

Illustrated by Carlyle McCullough

233 pages (ebook reviewed) – ages 12+
Published Aero Studios on January 2, 2014

14-year-old Nick desperately wants to get off Earth (a dystopian/futuristic Earth). His parents are crazy, he sees injustice all around him and he feels drawn toward the moon, as if it’s his real home. Nick tries everything to run away and hop a ride to the moon even though life there is much less comfortable compared to his privileged life on Earth. And then there’s the voice in Nick’s head that keeps repeating the same warning message.

Yeri is a driver for the Fungman, Zedock and Josiah Stagecoach Company. He lives on the moon. Not the moon you see in Nick’s world, but the moon from tens of thousands of years ago, when the moon was tethered to the Earth through a magic force. The moon was packed with life, both human and other, and magic. Yeri was responsible for trying to save the lives of a group of Mermen (or Merrows as they are called) who inhabit the moon and walk on its surface in automaton legs.

These two worlds are destined to collide – only first Nick has to figure out how he’s going to explain to his parents that he blew up their shed, dismantled his dad’s Validate (some sort of futuristic vehicle) and set Hiker’s Canyon on fire.

First of all the book gets bonus points for an awesome cover. The story is really what is depicted on the cover – excitement – danger – steampunk meets Harry Potter meets Doctor Who. The story plot, characters and setting are so good, I can’t get it out of my mind.  The book is one where you literally have to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next. The steampunk (mixing of old and new technology and lifestyles) feel to the book was an extra for me. The alternate world Mr. McGill created is incredible! The story is totally unique and one that I found fascinating. There are a couple of creepy things that go on in the book (for example the government runs refugee camps where the people who live in them are actually owned by an organ donating company) that may not be appropriate for younger kids, but there is nothing graphic about it and there is no bad language. I’d rate it at a 12+ age level.

This book is so close to total and complete awesomeness – like Percy Jackson/Redwall awesomeness, but it made me mad too. I actually yelled at the book when it ended because it didn’t end in a cliff hanger, it ended in the middle of the story!  >:/  The reader (me) had no sense of completion. I know it’s the first book in the series, but in my opinion, it needed some kind of end. The beginning chapters were a bit confusing and they drug down the rest of the book a bit. I had to reread in a couple of places. After getting past them the rest of the book flowed easily. Mr. McGill’s writing style is a joy to read. His imagination is incredible. I actually went back and forth on giving this book 3 (good) or 4 (great) bookworms (mostly because I was mad at the ending), but I literally can’t keep the story out of my head. Any book that can do that gets the extra worm. I will be reading Episode 2!

Four out of five book worms for The Merman and The Moon Forgotten.fourbooks

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Sword of Damocles by Brian Bern

31 Mar

swordofdemSword of Damocles: A Cade Knight Spy Novel
By Brian Bern
210 pages – ages 12+
Published by Brian Bern on September 10, 2013

Twin teens Cade and Brooke Knight are very familiar with spies. After all, they were born into a family of spies. Their parents are elite government agents with secrets even Cade and Brooke don’t know about. Cade enjoys helping his dad on some projects, like developing the J-phone. The phone designed for the President that will take the place of the nuclear football. The phone that could launch a nuclear war and still play angry birds. Cade really liked helping his dad but all that changes when the J-phone goes missing along with the twin’s parents. Cade and Brooke are suddenly thrown into a sinister international plot that threatens the world’s safety. The twins have limited time to find their family and find the J -phone.

The action and adventure in this book is marvelous! It really keeps the reader hooked. This is a very well-written and carefully edited story. The spy parts are very believable and realistic. I really enjoyed the story. Mr. Bern kept me on the  edge of my seat! I think that he wrote a story as good as the 39 Clues series, just for a bit older readers The book is rated as a YA but, the action and violence is totally appropriate for MG readers. The reading level is more YA and that made it more enjoyable for me. There is some cussing, but not much, and it is fine, looking at the age the book is meant for. There is a bit of humor too mixed in too. The book takes place in and around Washington DC, one of my favorite cities. I really enjoyed the images Mr. Bern created around the city. I believe that 39 Clues fans will enjoy this book a lot. Cade is a great character. You understand why he feels the way he feels. His mother was kidnapped, for Pete’s sake! Brooke is also an enjoyable character as is the whole Knight family.I really hope for a book 2!

I give “Sword of Damocles” five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

To learn more about the book and Mr. Bern, please visit his blog by clicking HERE.

The Stolen Kingdom by Ross Rosenfeld

12 Mar

PHEW! I have had a BUSY couple of days! Sorry my Wednesday post is so late – but better late than never!

First I want to report on the K’nex challenge that my teammates (Jacob, Heidi, and Aubree) and I competed in on Monday. The challenge was to build a motorized “people mover” and have it run through an obstacle. We chose to build a tractor – BEHOLD THE AWESOMENESS!

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The tractor ran over a rocky road and a hayfield. I think we did very well but sadly we didn’t get first or second place to advance to the state finals (I think we did get in the top 10). We sure did have fun though and next year we’ll be even better!

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Now onto today’s review!

kingdomThe Stolen Kingdom

by Ross Rosenfeld

378 pages – ages 12+

Published by Fun Books on April 10, 2012

It is a time of mystique, deceit, theft and arugula (yes I typed arugula and you’ll have to read the book to find out, because I’m not telling you). The Dark Duke has wrongfully taken Taylor James’ place as king of Belsden after he thought he got rid of him. Taylor James has been raised in a nearby country, unaware that he is the true king. When he comes of age, he and his friend, Robert of Roth, join the local army. Soon, they are called upon to fight the army of the Dark Duke, who is trying to take over the world!

I enjoyed this story. I liked the Lemony Snicket snarky narration and feel to the story. Fantasy and adventure is one of my favorite genres and this story did not disappoint in the adventure department. The Amazon description of the book says it is a YA book and the length and reading difficulty of the book puts it more to the YA category. I was just talking to Anne McKernan (from The Itsy Bitsy Mom blog)  about “cross-over” books. Books written on a YA reading level but the story is better for high MG readers – I think this book fits that category (despite the handful of curse words in it – some he** and da**). Taylor James is a great character and one that I really enjoyed reading about. The adventure in the story kept me turning the pages.

I give “The Stolen Kingdom” five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

You can grab a kindle version of the book for free right now (click HERE).

Visit the official Stolen Kingdom website HERE.

ChinAlive by Bob Jonas

8 Jan

YAY! I have a 2-hour late start to school today! :D WOOOO!!! :lol: Not as good as a day off, but I’ll take it. :)

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By Bob Jonas

255 pages -ages 14+

Published by Vagabond Librarian Publishing on April 17, 2013

Summary – 15-year-old Charlie Evers was warned about the internet censors in China. He’d lived there most of his life (since he was 5, and before that, he was an American citizen) and he had learned a lot about China/Chinese culture in those ten years. He also learned that living in China is much different than in America. He got carried away on a research project, and he ended up touching illegal topics on the internet because of his curiosity. Charlie’s dad is “away for work” but his mom is worried. Next thing Charlie knew, the police were knocking on their door and he and his mom were questioned. Charlie thought that was pretty rough but then he was kidnapped by a group he was researching on the internet! His kidnappers promise Charlie that they will reunite him with his dad. They take him up the Yangtze River to the middle part of China. What he learns changes his life forever. Charlie finds that his mom has also been taken and that his dad is somehow involved with the rebel group hat kidnapped him. Charlie learns that there is a revolution going on in China, but right now, Charlie is just hoping to stay alive and find his parents.

What I think – This is a super-fueled adventure! The book is set in 2008 when the China had the summer Olympics. I love the setting because I learned a lot and it is about a part of the world, I don’t read very much about. I love Mr. Jonas’ writing style. The plot he came up with has a lot of obstacles and that made it fun to read.

HERE IS A MAJOR SPOILER SO DON’T READ THIS PART IF YOU DON’T WANT TO! I only had one little problem with the plot. It was the way Charlie was kidnapped and treated before being reunited with his dad. Charlie’s dad is a high-ranking member of the rebel force trying to change China for the better, so I don’t get why he was treated so badly when they were bringing him to his dad. Another kid character stumbled onto the rebel plot and he was just told to keep quiet. Plus I thought Charlie’s dad would have been ANGRY about the whole thing, but it was like that’s just the way it is, that part seemed kind of forced, but that was only a minor point.

OKAY YOU CAN READ AGAIN :P I like how there is an educational touch to the whole story. On Mr. Jonas’ website, I learned that he lived and taught in China and you can tell that he is very knowledgeable about the country.  I learned what an EXPAT was, about the Chinese culture and how the Chinese government operates. I loved learning about the Yangtze river and some of the geography of China. Charlie is a character you come to care for. He is a nice kid, thrust into a big situation. He handles it pretty well, once he got past the whole “You kidnapped me, to save me?”. You can understand how he feels. He seems like a typical American kid and is a believable character. This book is rated as a YA book, but I thought the action and violence in it was no more than you read in some of the The 39 Clues books or the Alex Rider series (some characters die but in a justified way and it is not graphic), but there is quite a bit of cussing. I think if Mr. Jonas took out some of that, the book would be great for younger kids too.

I am definitely putting this one on my read-again shelf in my bookcase.

I give this book 4 out of 5 bookworms.fourbooks

To learn more about Mr. Jonas and his other books, please visit his website HERE.

Follow him on Twitter HERE.

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