Surprising and Delightful
When twins Jerry and Jacob visit their Gran, they end up with more than they bargained for.
More work—cleaning out her old shed.
More fun—turning that shed into a secret hideout.
And more trouble—thanks to Hob the Goblin.
A Quick, Colorful Read
The Kingdom of Oceana is a classic story of sibling rivalry—a novel based on action and adventure that we’d recommend for readers twelve and up. Set in a fantasy version of a timeless Hawaii, it has fire walking and surfing and sharks and zombie fish… plenty of thrills to capture the imagination.
It also has magic, mystery, and a message of environmentalism weaving a natural thread throughout the story. Many books for younger readers attempt to merge entertainment with education, but few do it well. This one does.
A Gentle, Utopian Tale of Science and Magic
This is a gentle story, appropriate for young readers. The lessons about friendship are magnificent. The science is well within the understanding of a young mind and at the same time flies above and beyond anything ordinarily found in a child’s fictional tale. A+ for the author on both counts. Continue reading “The Dragon Dreamer by J.S. Burke”
Funny and Brilliant!
(A note from Erin: I stole this one out of our in-box and never gave it back. Hey, you snooze, you lose. Middle-grade books go by middle-grade rules.)
This book wasn’t next up in my review list. I know. It wasn’t. So here’s what happened…
I got a review copy by email. Yay! Love those! I opened it–you know, just to make sure it would open. Then I read a paragraph or two because I’m a compulsive reader, and after all, it was right there in front of me. I can’t be blamed for that. It was clearly not my fault.
An hour later, I finished it. I couldn’t put it down, which was also not my fault. I blame A.B. Syed. And, obviously, I blame Simon Cup. (It’s okay. He’s used to it.) The book made me grin like a little kid. In several places it made me laugh out loud. People looked at me oddly, yes, but I laughed out loud anyway. It’s that kind of book. Continue reading “Simon Cup’s Box by A.B. Syed”