Star Wars Rogue One Rebel Dossier
Disney Lucasfilm Press
Twins Jimmy and Stella live in a town called Wymore, where nothing exciting ever really happens. One morning they find an old note about an old machine called the ‘Hippomobile’, an old contraption that hasn’t worked for years. The twins decide to try to get it running again. Mabel’s Cafe, the only restaurant in town, is struggling to stay in business, and the twins think that maybe if they get it running they will get more business to come to the cafe and it will be able to stay open. With the help of their many grandmas and grandpas, they have many adventures, but will they get it running again?
This book was really funny and it had a lot of times where the twins were getting nowhere but they always figured out a way to do something. All the grandmas and grandpas were pretty funny too. My favorite grandparents were Grandpa Milton and Grandma Henrietta. Grandma Henrietta always won at playing checkers with Grandpa Milton, so Grandpa Milton always wanted a rematch. Finally Grandpa Milton got a book about checkers and won his first match! Then Grandma Henrietta wanted a rematch! I think everybody who likes mysteries and silliness will enjoy this book too.
Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island: A Choose Your Path Book (Can You Survive?)
I have never read the actual book Treasure Island so I was really interested in reading this book, especially since it is a book where you choose how the story ends. I have read this book so many times I think I finally found all of the endings. The best thing about this book is that you don’t like the way the story is going, you can just back up and start at the last place you choose from or just choose a different one the next time you come to a decision. Sometimes I thought my choices would help me get to the treasure but then I would come meet someone or something dangerous.
You will probably find yourself wanting to read this book rather than watching TV or taking it with you when you go places. It is as if taking a stack of books with you all combined into one book. This helps keep my bag lighter and saves money too. If you are looking for a new kind of book, this is going to be a must-have.
Roller Girls: Hell’s Belles is the second book in the Roller Girls series and is about how nobody has been coming to the Liberty Belles bouts. The team decides to have a Halloween bout but it’s on the same day as the Halloween dance. I love this book because it has a great message about choice, and is complete with a happy ending. Another thing I really liked is how it’s about a girl in high school who had the chance to become popular but turned it down in order to be the girl she wanted to be. It is a very powerful lesson in standing by our own choices and not falling into the trap of peer pressure. Again we see strong girls making good choices. I would recommend reading the first book in the series, Falling Hard, first for it to make more sense. I would recommend it for older kids because there is some mild language, but if this doesn’t bother you, I highly suggest it! Another great book by Megan Sparks and I’m looking forward to the next in the series!
Fer is struggling with her friendship with the Puck-boy, Rook. She keeps trying to be friends, but Pucks are known for being disloyal, and so far, that has proved true for Rook, too. But Fer can’t spend too much time worrying about their friendship because when she made the rulers of other kingdoms in the Faerieland swear to take off their evil ‘glamories’, she didn’t know the consequences that would have. Now, as the unfulfilled oaths are poisoning the land, Fer must find a way to save both her world and her friendship.
I wish there had been a little bit more explaining of the mythology, because I didn’t really understand that whole thing. But I liked the different worlds that Fer could travel to in the book, and the descriptive scenes of the lands. Fer was a very likeable character, and very creative and brave. Rook was very annoying; most thirteen-year-old boys are (especially in books)! I liked the solutions to the problems they had, and that Fer was always hoping for the best.
Sky Jumpers: Book 1
In the wreckage after World War III and its green bombs, small towns have emerged. Hope lives in just such a town, called White Rock. Unable to invent, as her town expects from all its citizens, Hope
struggles to fit in. Because of her lack of inventing skill, Hope chooses to invest more time in the other skills that she finds strength in, like sky jumping into the Bomb’s Breath, the toxic band of air left by the bombs. However, when bandits invade the town, seeking priceless antibiotics, Hope’s daredevil nature may just save her world
.A book so exhilarating, it could be compared to actual sky diving, this book had realistic characters, exciting plot and an interesting setting. Hope is a great protagonist whose perspective is often the same as the reader’s perspective on things. I like this because it makes the entire story seem possible. The content and vocabulary render the book friendly to all listeners, and the plot holds readers tight and does not let go till the end of the story. I gave it five stars for an immersive experience that included humor and action in a child-friendly manner.