The Adventures of Kung Fu Robot: How to Make a Peanut Butter, Jelly, and Kung Fu Sandwich
Andrews McMeel Publishing
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!
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!
The Monster in the Mudball (Artifact Inspector)
I found this book really hard to get through and and I had to put it down and pick it up a lot as the story didn’t really fit me. All I could think about was this is what it must be like to read a fake story of Pokemon like when Cars came out and someone copied it trying to make people think it was the same thing. I think kids who really like Dragon Ballz and Pokemon might like this book. Sometimes it seemed the author spent too much time describing stuff and putting so many verbs and adjectives in every single sentence; it just made it hard to get into the story.
I think it would have been a much better graphic novel to tell the story more with pictures and to not have so many sentences overflowing with description. It would easily catch people’s attention and tell a story even without words so even kids who are just learning to read could read it. I don’t think I would spend my money on this book and would have just checked it out from the library instead.
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.
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.