Strikeout of the Bleacher Weenies: And Other Warped and Creepy Tales
Greek Mythology’s Twelve Labors of Hercules: A Choose Your Path Book (Can You Survive?)
The Twelve Labors of Hercules is an excellent book. I would recommend this book to kids that like mythology and/or superheros. Also, in my opinion, this book deserves FIVE STARS!! Now, on to what this book is about……. You are Hercules, a man as strong as a lion and as ruthless as a beast. You want to be immortal, so you go to the Oracle of Delphi to ask her how to do it. She sends you to King Eurystheus, your mean, wicked and evil cousin. He sends you on twelve labors, and you choose your fate. My favorite thing about this book is that it is unlike any other books I’ve read. It is a Choose Your Own Path book, so you can never get bored. There are a zillion different paths to choose from and each is an adventure!
Grave Images is a book about a girl named Bernie and the events that took place during her summer break. Her dad works crafting gravestones, while her mom stays in bed, battling depression. Once upon a time, Bernie’s family was happy – until a man named Abbot Stein comes and asks for work. People in the town start dying – all people whom have had their portraits etched by Mr. Stein. Will the mystery be solved or will people keep dropping dead like flies?
I loved Grave Images. It is a mystery book with romance at the most awkward times. The book was very funny and it felt like a ghost story you would hear around the campfire at summer camp. The author created characters that were very funny and while there were some characters I found annoying, I found myself missing them once they had died. There were a few parts of the story that were a little slow and hard to get through; it felt like there was a little bit of repetition;however a great story, and a happy ending, make this a five star book!
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.
Fallout is about the 1962 Cuban missile crisis and a family that were the only people that built a bomb shelter to prepare for the possibility of war. The rest of the town came running to their home when a bomb was dropped in the middle of the night. The family was not completely prepared, however; they did not have water or communication yet. This led to many problems in the relationships with the townspeople as they became angry with their surroundings or lack of essentials. The family tried to stop the townspeople from invading their shelter, but they were still able to enter. I give Fallout five stars. It was based on something that actually occurred and showed us what might have happened if things had turned out differently. I liked the change in point of view from the past to the present. It adds an interesting effect to the story. I would recommend Fallout to people who like historical fiction, especially about war. It was pretty easy to read and once I got started, I didn’t want to put it down.
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.