Strikeout of the Bleacher Weenies: And Other Warped and Creepy Tales
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!
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.
The Unwilling Witch: A Monsterrific Tale (Monsterrific Tales)
If you are looking for a book that has a lot of chapters that are only a few pages long, then this is the book for you! It isn’t a big book and there are a couple black and white pictures throughout it also. It isn’t until halfway through the book that Angie realizes she just might actually be a witch and she has power. Now all she had to do was figure out how to use it and for good to prove she was really a good person and not bad. I am not sure if this is a book that is part of a series or not. It mentions her brother having been a vampire, but there wasn’t anything in the story about it. And I was confused a little why she gave out the power.
This was a fun book. I really liked Angie and her brother and how they tease each other. This book teaches about friendship, being nice, and overcoming bad situations. I would recommend this book to tweens who are looking for a quick book to read!
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!
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!