Happy Monday! 😀
First I wanted to tell you, that the online November issue of the Upper Bucks Free Press is up! I wrote an article about Children’s Book author/illustrator Lee Harper for the issue and told you about it on my blog on the first of November (click HERE to read it), but because of the hurricane the editors were not able to get the online version published until just now! You can read it by clicking HERE (check on page 15 😉 )!
I also went to the Lititz Kid-Lit book festival on Saturday! It was a lot of fun! I got to meet a bunch of AWESOME author and illustrators and take a writing and illustration class. I will blog about it later this week.
Now on to my review!
The Firestone Crystal
By Linda M. David
282 pages – ages 9+
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Agathea (A.K.A. Thea) was angry with her mother because she had canceled their vacation and were sending her to live with her grandfather for six weeks while her parents were at an archaeological dig. When her grandfather’s childhood friend, Xenn (who just happens to be an ALIEN!), suddenly comes and asks Thea to join an outer space school called the Firestone Academy, Thea agrees. Thea becomes the first human at the Academy. She easily made a friend in her roommate, Annalije, but not all the kids are friendly to Thea. Just as Thea starts getting used to the Academy, someone starts sabotaging the school and Thea starts having weird dreams that have something to do with what is going on at the school. Thea and Annalije try to solve the mystery and stop the saboteur. Will they be able to save Firestone Academy?
Ms. David wrote a really great book. The story also started out a bit slow, but by the time Thea was getting started at the Academy, I was hooked! I liked learning about the other creatures and aliens, cool technology, and the landscape of the planet at the school. I wish that there would be a sequel to it because I really enjoyed the characters and reading about life at the Academy. I especially liked the character of Annalije. She was cool, kind, and a bit like a modern girl (just with cat-like body because she is an alien). I liked how Ms. David kept me guessing who the bad guy was (I can usually figure out what the ending will be in books, but not in this one). There were a couple of confusing parts to the story like how Thea went from a spoilt brat (I just learned the word “spoilt” from the book and I like it better than “spoiled”. I think I’ll use that from now on 😉 ), to a caring, nice person in a super short period of time, but mostly the story was a great read. I recommend this book to kids 9+!
*NOTE I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.