HAPPY (cyber) MONDAY! My last day of Thanksgiving break.
I am working on my entry for the Susanna Leonard Hill’s Holiday Writing Contest (see the rules HERE) today and hopefully will get it done before I have to go back to school.
I have a great book to tell you about today.
Chase Tinker & The House of Secrets
By Malia Ann Haberman
224 pages – ages 8+
Published by Crossroad Press on May 30, 2013
Chase Tinker is BACK! In the first Chase Tinker book, “Chase Tinker and the House of Magic,” (read my review HERE) Chase finds out that he and his brother have magical powers that they get when they turn 10 & ½. Chase also finds out about a magical house that is the headquarters of the Tinker Family. He later finds out about an evil family called the Marlowes that try to enslave the human race and steal the Tinker magic. In Book 2, Chase and his family is now living at the legendary Tinker House. Chase thinks he and his family have a pretty good life. His dad is back, and Chase is kind of angry with him, because his dad didn’t tell Chase and his younger brother Andy about the magical abilities of the Tinker family. Chase’s cousin, Janie (also living at the Tinker house) is very angry because her mom died trying to save Chase’s dad from the Marlowes. No one knows how to help her so they kind of leave her alone. When the Marlowes kidnap Janie, the Tinkers realize they will do ANYTHING to get her back! With help from their long-lost cousin Nori and friend Persephone, Chase, Andy and their dad believe they can rescue Janie – if they can find her, that is!
I was very happy to read this book because the first of Ms. Haberman’s Chase Tinker books was written so well and it was exciting. The second book was just as good, if not better! There are many twists and turns in the plot, but it is a clearly written story that is fun to read and easy to follow. I love the Tinker magic described in the book. I was happy to learn more about it in the second book. I love Nori’s power – she can absorb knowledge from books (without doing things to damage the book) without reading it. The twist at the end of the book was totally unexpected and really made it a great ending. The book is a clean read and great for middle grade readers. Chase is a good main character. Ms. Haberman makes him a believable kid (only with magical powers). The reader can understand how he feels about who he is. I like Andy the best, though. He’s always hungry.
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