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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.
Falling Hard (Roller Girls)
Roller Girls: Falling Hard is a story about a girl named Annie Turner who had the difficult choice of staying with her mom in London, or going with her dad, who chose to open up a café in Liberty Heights, Illinois. She chooses to go with her dad and she quickly meets a girl named Lexi who introduces her to roller derby. Annie turns down becoming a cheerleader, something her dad wants her to participate in, to try out roller derby. It is a real-life everyday choice that all kids need to make at some point, doing what we want to do instead of what our parents want us to do. Annie also learns how to adjust to her new school while dealing with the popular girls, and finding her place in the social hierarchy. There was some strong language, but I still really liked this book, I don’t think that the language detracted from the message it was trying to send. I loved this book because it showed how empowered a young girl can be, and this is a great message for us. I hope Megan Sparks continues this series for quite some time!
There’s this boy, named Jinx, and he is a magician as well as a Listener, which is what Urwald, his country, calls someone who can talk to trees. Everybody doesn’t really notice him and soon grows to not like him, because they think he is very powerful and can turn things into other things, but it isn’t really him doing that; he is using Urwald’s life force. He has a friend named Reven, who isn’t very nice, and a friend named Elfwyn, who is nice but has a curse on her that she always has to tell the truth or what she has heard is the truth. There is a Bonemaster, who is trying to take over the land and conquer it; Jinx and his friends have to try and stop him before he kills everyone and destroys the world.
This book had some kind of scary parts, but most of it was kind of funny. Jinx was pretty likeable, and I liked the way he came up with solutions and made his friends understand what he wanted to do. It had a lot of action; Jinx hardly ever rests. Sometimes this book was hard to read, but I really liked the story.
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.
The Copernicus Legacy: The Forbidden Stone
Wade and his stepbrother Darrell are snooping around their dad’s office when he receives an encrypted message from an old friend and college professor. Together with Wade’s cousin Lily, Lily’s friend Becca, and Wade’s father, they decrypt the message and discover the legacy of Nicholas Copernicus. They must find twelve relics that are the key to operating Copernicus’ mysterious machine. Racing against them are the evil Galina Krause and her organization. At the end of this, the first of a planned six-book series, the children are left in possession of a single relic and many more mysteries to solve.
There are a lot of characters, which is kind of annoying, because all of them are really insecure and annoying, ridiculously happy that all their wonderful friends condescend to associate with them. Except for Darrell. He goes to the opposite extreme. Which is also annoying. However, the plot is really fun. The children’s stepfather is actually helpful, even though he spends part of the book as a hostage. The book is full of action and thrills, and I love the puzzling parts best. I am excited to read the next book in the series, especially to discover why Galina Krause has this vendetta against Copernicus!