Showing posts with label Middle Grade Action/Adventure. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Middle Grade Action/Adventure. Show all posts

Friday, March 29, 2019

An Unexpected Adventure by Kandi J. Wyatt

Genre: Middle Grade, Adventure, Fantasy
Source: I purchased a copy. The Opinions expressed here are my own.

Kandi J. Wyatt is one of my favorite authors. There are many reasons for this. One she writes books that my students want to read. I teach middle school and finding books for this in-between group of teens is often difficult. Another reason she is one of my favorites is because no matter what she writes, it is so realistic I have to do some research.  The premise of this story is that four teens are searching for thundereggs on a beach when they find a dragon’s egg.   I immediately had to look up thundereggs to see if they were real, and if so, what they were. My husband and I spent thirty minutes researching thundereggs. We realized we had actually seen these things at shows, but never knew they were called thundereggs.  I loved the trust relationship Kandi built between the kids and their science teacher. Believe it or not, a lot of students will trust their teachers with secrets than they would their own parents. For me this was very true to life.  I love the worlds Kandi creates with dragons. She is one of the best when it comes to this subject matter. It makes everyone who reads her books want their own dragon. In this story the kids have a dilemma. They are trying to protect the dragon from those in higher positions.  The interactions between the kids and the dragon, and with each other develop throughout the story. There is something there that every child who reads this will be able to relate to.  Like all of her other books this is a great beginning to a new series. I am looking forward to the second one which comes out April 9th.

Monday, May 22, 2017

WhipEye by Geoffrey C. Saign

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

From Goodreads:
Charlie, a thousand-year-old wise-cracking parrot, convinces animal nerd Samantha and her spunky side-kick Jake to save him and two worlds. The two children are hunted by magical Great Ones, and have twenty-four hours to decipher the supernatural staff, WhipEye, and find the courage to stop a traitorous guardian and his enslaved monstrous animals. ... a story about love, nature, wildlife, intuition, and trusting yourself ...

My Thoughts:

If you are looking for something for your middle school child to read this summer then I highly recommend WhipEye.  This book is full of magical adventure.  The author has created characters you love and an antagonist you love to hate.  There is enough adventure to grab that kid who wants lots of action. There is plenty of magic for the fantasy lover, and there is a beautiful alternate world that the kids are drawn into.  Every great magical story has an object that plays an important role.  In the case of WhipEye it is the staff that was given to Samantha.  Will she and her neighbor Jake be able to avoid the evil Magnar and save all of mankind?  I would suggest you read this book and then pass it on to your kids.  I can’t wait to put this on my school shelves.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Lug Blast From the North by David Zeltser

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

This second book was just as good as the first book, and a very quick read. I sat down and put it away in and hour.  Lug is awakened one morning by Crazy Crag who wants him to look at something. He pretends to be asleep. Crag wakes his whole family when he fails to wake Lug. Crag wants them to come see something. No one moves until Crag has left and they hear a loud booming noise. Lug and his friends Stony, Echo, and Wooly all climb the mountain to find Crag. What they see is a giant glacier moving really quickly their way.  On their way to find out what they can do to stop it, they find a boy under ice. They thaw him out. He tells them his name is Blast and he lives on the glacier. He tells them the glacier will soon crush their caves and he is offering them a place to stay with him.  A message is sent back to their village as they check out the glacier.

For some reason, Lug just doesn't trust Blast. He soon learns he as a good reason not to. Blast is up to no good and it is up to Lug to figure out a way to stop him and the glacier.  This book is sure to keep students on the edge of their seat flipping pages. I do hope there are more to come in this series.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Legwork and a Kindle Giveaway by Roland Smith

Publisher:  Roland Smith INC (June 9, 2011)
Source:  Downloaded ebook from Amazon
Genre:  Middle Grade/Young Adult Adventure, Thriller

I follow several book review blogs.  By far one of my favorites belongs to Jennifer Donovan at "5 Minutes for Books".  On her post today she discussed an ebook and kindle giveaway contest by Roland Smith.  The topic of his book "Legwork" is very interesting.  In 1996 he had written a book that no one seemed to want to publish.  Those of us who write know and understand the feelings associated with that.  In this day and age with self publishing and ebooks the door has been opened to many of us.  Roland pulled that book out, re-read it and realized it was still as good as the day he wrote it. He then decided to make it available by ebook.  There are actually two stories here so let me tell them individually.  First is the ebook story.  In this day and age most of us have some form of e-reader.  It could be a Kindle, Nook, or any of the many other e-readers out there.  There are apps for your computer, iPad, or phone.  I love books.  You know, the physical ones.  I have 1200+ between my classroom shelves and my shelves in my house.  I order books monthly to feed this habit.  However, the year after my husband and I took a vacation to the Florida Keys and he carried in a suitcase that was packed with just my books, was the year he decided I needed an e-reader.  I fought it for a long time.  Then he bought me one and told me how many books I could carry on it.  I was sold. In the same way Roland Smith, another lover of the physical book, justifies having an ereader.  I is easier to carry on a plane, into a meeting, etc.  For this reason he has opened a contest where he is giving away a Kindle.  This leads to the second half of my story.
One of the conditions for entering the contest is reading his story "Legwork". 
Blurb from Amazon: 
When Briggs Barclay first meets his new neighbor Theodore Ranly, he can't imagine what they might have in common. Briggs’ main ambition in life is to dazzle the freshman football coach as soon as he enters high school. Theodore's got a killer arm when it comes to passing a ball, but the fact that he's confined to a wheelchair rules out any possibility of playing backyard tackle. They soon enter into a relationship that sends Briggs on the adventure of his life.

This is the story of two young boys Briggs and Theodore.  They are neighbors yet don't meet until a football game in Brigg's backyard sends the football into Theodore's back yard.  Theodore invites Briggs over.  Briggs is uncomfortable around Theodore because he is in a wheelchair.  He finally begins hanging out and Theodore tells him he is a dectective and invites Briggs to join him.  Briggs meets up with Uncle Willy who he thinks is just helping with Theodore's detective "game".  When he is given money and sent on an actual mission it becomes all too real.  He is to infiltrate a cult to see if a young missing girl is there.  I won't tell you more because you really need to read the book.  It kept me sitting on the edge of my seat and I read it in a little over an hour.  So check out this book and enter his contest.