The Adventures of Kung Fu Robot: How to Make a Peanut Butter, Jelly, and Kung Fu Sandwich
Andrews McMeel Publishing
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!
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.
In a town called Split Rock, the members of certain families have super powers. Every leap year, at 4:23 pm, each child in these families who is ten years or older receives his or her unique super power. At age 13, Rafter and Benny finally get theirs, which turn out to be worthless.
They try to learn how to be super heroes despite their terrible powers. They fight crime, like robbery and jaywalking. They need to find out who has sabotaged their powers, however. They have a plan to track down one of the so-called bad guys in the library of their school. This is dangerous because the library has moving bookshelves and the villain has disabled the safety mechanism that keeps people from getting squished. One night, they see a light at the dump at the same time that everyone else’s powers also turn worthless, so they go to the dump to investigate. What happens next is exciting.
There is not a lot of adventure at the beginning of this book, but it is very funny and interesting, which makes you want to read on. Once you are about halfway through the book, the adventure is compelling and you want to get to the end. I recommend it to children who like super hero stories and also to kids who like Eragon, Percy Jackson and HIVE.
Aphrodite: Goddess of Love (Olympians)
This book is about Aphrodite, the very beautiful goddess of love. To stop the gods from fighting over her, Zeus married her off to Hephaistos, but Aphrodite didn’t love him. She went off and had other husbands in this book, and she had a son she named Eros. Eros shot one of his arrows into the heart of Zeus and made him fall in love with a mermaid, Thetis. Her children would be twice as strong as their father, so Zeus marries her off to someone else quickly before he can marry her so her children won’t defeat him. At the marriage party, Eris threw her apple of discord at the three goddesses Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite, and Paris, a mortal, is chosen to give the apple to the fairest one. He chooses Aphrodite and Aphrodite makes him fall in love with the most beautiful mortal woman in the world.
Aphrodite was really rude in this book and really didn’t deserve to be a goddess. I thought it was really funny how they told the story, and how it was only about what happened to Aphrodite. I also thought it was cool how this was comics, in a graphic novel. Even though I didn’t like Aphrodite, I liked the book and want to read the other ones in the series!
Siria’s father is a firefighter. Every night, Siria listens for the sound of sirens. Then, with her friend Douglas, she runs with the red fire trucks to bring her dad good luck. Siria thinks someone has been setting small fires in the neighborhood. She sees flames in the old shed, in the movie theater, and near the creek. Coincidentally, wherever there is a fire, there is always a dog—and Siria wants him for her own. When Siria finds some green wool belonging to someone she knows in the charred shed, she starts to investigate. Even though Siria knows that all the evidence points to her suspect, she realizes that it is possible that someone else could be the arsonist – and she is hoping that is the case.
I liked how, at the beginning of some of the chapters, there were different myths about how the different constellations came to be because Siria was named after the star Sirius. I also liked this book because I did not expect the ending. I would recommend this book for kids ages 8-12.