Fish Finelli Book 2: Operation Fireball By E.S. Farber

9 Jul

fish2Fish Finelli Book 2: Operation Fireball

By E.S. Farber

Illustrated by Jason Beene

177 pages – ages 7+

Published by Chronicle Books on April 1, 2014

Fish Finelli and his friends have to beat the school bully, Bryce Billings, in a boat race, due to a dare made at the end of book one. There is just one problem – that Bryce has a new boat with a 9.9 horsepower (which is the limit for the race) and Fish and his friends have an old whaler with a 5 horsepower motor. Will they beat Bryce?

This was a fun book. I didn’t read book 1, but Ms. Farber brings the reader right up to speed so I totally understood the back-story (As a note, I love it when an author recaps the previous book(s) in a series really well).  Fish is a great character, and I like how he solves his own problems. He is also devoted to sailing and I enjoyed reading about a kid who likes to sail. Ms. Farber has an enjoyable writing style. I love all of the humor she put in the story. I really enjoyed the little fact boxes and diagrams about things in the book. (like some about oysters, planing on a boat, etc.). That was a nice touch. The illustrations scattered in the book were great too. They had a very cool style. After reading this book, I’m going to go back and read the first one in the series. I like a good story. 🙂  This book is a great read for young advanced readers, reluctant readers and kids looking for a fun story!

I give “Operation Fireball” four out of five bookworms.fourbooks

Check out Book 1 in the series! I am!


13 Responses to “Fish Finelli Book 2: Operation Fireball By E.S. Farber”

  1. Niamh Clune Plum Tree Books July 10, 2014 at 3:12 am #

    I certainly love the old-fashioned look of the cover with ts muted pastel colours and style of drawing. Great review as ever Erik. I bet you are looking forward to the summer holidays.


  2. Catherine Johnson July 10, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    I love the sound of this, Erik! You have great taste!


  3. Jilanne Hoffmann July 10, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    Sounds like my son will like this series. Thanks, Erik! Have you taken a look at Jim Averbeck’s MG “A Hitch at the Fairmont” yet? It just came out.


  4. Stephanie@Fairday's Blog July 11, 2014 at 1:12 pm #

    Glad you enjoyed this one and that you plan to go back and read the first one. I like when a series can be read out of order without too much being lost. 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks July 11, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

      It is a great book, Ms. Peterson! I love it when authors “recap” a previous book in a series! 😀


  5. readingwithrhythm July 12, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

    This looks like a pretty fine little series! I like fishy tales!


  6. KidLitReviews July 16, 2014 at 12:02 am #

    This look adorable. I bet it is a great story. Chronicle puts out some of the best chapter books.


  7. Myra GB October 9, 2014 at 7:46 am #

    The title sounds like a tongue twister. 🙂 Nice book cover too.


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