Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Jorie and the Magic Stones by A.H. Richardson

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

I absolutely love reading middle grade books. As a middle school teacher I am always looking for quality books that I believe all middle school children will enjoy. “Jorie and the Magic Stones” definitely does that. Jorie has been sent to live with her aunt. When her adventure begins she must find some magic stones. She sets out on this journey with Rufus, the young boy who lives next door with his grandfather. One of my students read the book after me and said the thing they liked the most is that Jorie was on her own without adults to try to intervene and tell her how to do things.  Middle school students love stories where they can feel that a kid like them has some control over their world. I know some adults may have a hard time with the fact that she wasn’t supervised throughout her adventure, but as my student said, it reminded her of the 39 Clues where the kids didn’t have a lot of adult supervision.  There is plenty of action for that reader who just has to have action. The two main characters played off of each other brilliantly and the world building was so good I felt like I was traveling with Jorie and Rufus.  I definitely recommend this book to those who love middle school books.  It already has a long waiting list in my class.
I am anxiously looking forward to reading more by this author.

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