The Firestone Crystal by Linda M. David

12 Nov

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.

I give “The Firestone Crystal” four out of five bookworms.

17 Responses to “The Firestone Crystal by Linda M. David”

  1. Linda November 12, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    Thanks for a great review Erik! I love the honesty of your comments and will make sure I bear them in mind for the sequel…yes, there is a sequel which will hopefully be out by Christmas. I’m glad on the whole that you enjoyed the story and I hope that others will too.
    Linda

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  2. Joanna November 12, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

    I am so excited to hear more about the author/illustrator class you took, Erik. I enjoyed this review and have been wondering if you yourself write sci fi?

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 13, 2012 at 7:06 am #

      Thanks Miss Marple! I guess what I write can qualify as SciFi, but I think of it as Fantasy, my favorite genre. You can see what I wrote in my new post today! 🙂

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  3. Susanna Leonard Hill November 12, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    Ooh! I LOVE a book where the story keeps me guessing and I can’t figure out the end! I’ll have to check this out if you didn’t guess the ending – it must be good!

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    • Susanna Leonard Hill November 12, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

      P.S. Now I’ve been over to read your interview with Mr. Harper – very good! I liked hearing about his illustration process… and his sandwich 🙂

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 13, 2012 at 7:08 am #

      I love books like that too! Especially mysteries. This is a great book!

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  4. Patricia Tilton November 12, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    Think I would really enjoy reading this book Erik. Sounds like a great mystery on a different planet. Also look forward to your sharing your writing and illustration class. Good for you!

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  5. Michelle Isenhoff November 12, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

    This book sounds pretty intriguing. And your sequel wish came true! Can’t wait to hear more about the festival.

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  6. Jess@Fairday's Blog November 12, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

    This book sounds quite interesting! I like the unique parts of the book. I think I would enjoy it. I can’t wait to see more about the festival!

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  7. Myra GB November 18, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

    Very interesting concept. I like books that talk about schools/academies/training ala Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Good point that you made as well about the seemingly-easy transition from being ‘spoilt’ (hehe) to being caring – the transformation can be a little jarring at times in most books. 🙂 You have a great eye, Erik. I’m loving your reviews even more. 🙂

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 19, 2012 at 7:12 am #

      I like it when books have a plot about a school or academy, but I think they have to not be too like Harry Potter or people will just think they copied. I think this book is different and very enjoyable!

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