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  • snicker9
    snicker9's book review was featured in Book Scavenger (The Book Scavenger series).
    Emily and her family have been moving across the United States for most of her life. Her parents have the goal of living in all 50 states, and so they rarely live in one place for more than a few months. Now Emily, her brother Matthew and their parents are moving to San Francisco where Emily's "literary idol", Garrison Griswold (also known as the Willy Wonka of the literary world), lives. Griswold, among other endeavours, created the Book Scavenger (an game where people find books hidden in cities by using clues and puzzles. Unfortunately, just weeks before Garrison plans on launching a new game, he is attacked and hospitalized with a coma. Then Emily (and her new friend James) find an interesting book, which Emily is sure is part of Griswold's new game. But it turns out that solving this mystery is more dangerous than they thought. I really enjoyed this book. There was mystery and intrigue, and it was a true book adventure. I enjoyed watching Emily and James' friendship develop, especially since having a friend was really a new experience for Emily. I would recommend this book to middle school aged kids and above, especially mystery lovers. I think that people who enjoyed "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library" would enjoy this book as well. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
    15 days ago
  • snicker9
    snicker9 added a book review.
    Emily and her family have been moving across the United States for most of her life. Her parents have the goal of living in all 50 states, and so they rarely live in one place for more than a few months. Now Emily, her brother Matthew and their parents are moving to San Francisco where Emily's "literary idol", Garrison Griswold (also known as the Willy Wonka of the literary world), lives. Griswold, among other endeavours, created the Book Scavenger (an game where people find books hidden in cities by using clues and puzzles. Unfortunately, just weeks before Garrison plans on launching a new game, he is attacked and hospitalized with a coma. Then Emily (and her new friend James) find an interesting book, which Emily is sure is part of Griswold's new game. But it turns out that solving this mystery is more dangerous than they thought. I really enjoyed this book. There was mystery and intrigue, and it was a true book adventure. I enjoyed watching Emily and James' friendship develop, especially since having a friend was really a new experience for Emily. I would recommend this book to middle school aged kids and above, especially mystery lovers. I think that people who enjoyed "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library" would enjoy this book as well. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
    15 days ago
  • snicker9
    snicker9's book review was featured in The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1).
    Percy Jackson isn't your average kid. He has ADHD, Dyslexia, and is constantly in trouble with bullies or fighting at one of the many boarding schools he has attended. But life is consistent enough. Until one day his math teacher turns into a flying monster and tries to kill him. After that, things get interesting. He finds out his best friend Grover is actually a Satyr (half goat), his favorite teacher is a Centaur. And the most important thing: Percy is a half-blood. His mother is human, but his father(who he has never seen) is a Greek god. Percy soon finds out that his father isn't just a 'regular' god, he is one of the Big Three-Poseidon. Being a half-blood means that monsters are constantly attacking him-monsters he previously thought were myths. But Percy will have to face the facts at Camp Half-Blood, where he is forced to take cover. Camp Half-Blood is definitely different than any other camp. Besides the fact that Capture the Flag includes deadly weapons, there are nymphs and dryads at every corner, and even a battle arena. But of course things don't quite down for Percy once he arrives at Camp. His mother is taken hostage by Hades, who isn't the only god angry at him. Percy has been framed for the ultimate crime-stealing Zeus's master lightning bolt. In just a few days Percy must journey on his first quest with Grover and Annabeth (a stubborn and skilled daughter of Athena) in order to clear his and his father's name before the ultimate war breaks out. I recommend this book to mythology and adventure lovers. I think this is a great introduction to Greek mythology in a fun way. I think this book is primarily geared toward junior high aged kids, but I also think high schoolers will enjoy it. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
    16 days ago
  • snicker9
    snicker9 added a book review.
    Percy Jackson isn't your average kid. He has ADHD, Dyslexia, and is constantly in trouble with bullies or fighting at one of the many boarding schools he has attended. But life is consistent enough. Until one day his math teacher turns into a flying monster and tries to kill him. After that, things get interesting. He finds out his best friend Grover is actually a Satyr (half goat), his favorite teacher is a Centaur. And the most important thing: Percy is a half-blood. His mother is human, but his father(who he has never seen) is a Greek god. Percy soon finds out that his father isn't just a 'regular' god, he is one of the Big Three-Poseidon. Being a half-blood means that monsters are constantly attacking him-monsters he previously thought were myths. But Percy will have to face the facts at Camp Half-Blood, where he is forced to take cover. Camp Half-Blood is definitely different than any other camp. Besides the fact that Capture the Flag includes deadly weapons, there are nymphs and dryads at every corner, and even a battle arena. But of course things don't quite down for Percy once he arrives at Camp. His mother is taken hostage by Hades, who isn't the only god angry at him. Percy has been framed for the ultimate crime-stealing Zeus's master lightning bolt. In just a few days Percy must journey on his first quest with Grover and Annabeth (a stubborn and skilled daughter of Athena) in order to clear his and his father's name before the ultimate war breaks out. I recommend this book to mythology and adventure lovers. I think this is a great introduction to Greek mythology in a fun way. I think this book is primarily geared toward junior high aged kids, but I also think high schoolers will enjoy it. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
    16 days ago
  • snicker9
    snicker9's book review was featured in The Unwanteds.
    The Unwanteds is a book set in Quill, a dystopian world. Every year the 13-year olds are sorted. The strongest and intelligent Wanteds are sent to the university, while the creative and imaginative Unwanteds are killed. Everyone expects Alex to be sent to his death and his twin Aaron to be sent to the university, and their predictions almost come true. Aaron is deemed a Wanted, and Alex an Unwanted. However when Alex and the other kids are ushered into the gates of their death camp, they find that they are not to be put to death at all, but instead join another world where all the Unwanteds take refugee. They have formed a secret school, and learn how to increase their talents and learn magic. However Alex is determined to let Aaron know he is alive, and he wants to bring his brother over away from the cruelty of Quill. Will Alex fit into his new home? Will he keep his bond strong with Aaron? Will the good magic be able to reign over evil? I absolutely love this book! There were twists and turns, and so many surprises! I recommend this book to middle grade ages and up. Probably the best minimum age is 11 or 12, since there are many action scenes, with some violence. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.
    16 days ago
  • snicker9
    snicker9 added a book review.
    The Unwanteds is a book set in Quill, a dystopian world. Every year the 13-year olds are sorted. The strongest and intelligent Wanteds are sent to the university, while the creative and imaginative Unwanteds are killed. Everyone expects Alex to be sent to his death and his twin Aaron to be sent to the university, and their predictions almost come true. Aaron is deemed a Wanted, and Alex an Unwanted. However when Alex and the other kids are ushered into the gates of their death camp, they find that they are not to be put to death at all, but instead join another world where all the Unwanteds take refugee. They have formed a secret school, and learn how to increase their talents and learn magic. However Alex is determined to let Aaron know he is alive, and he wants to bring his brother over away from the cruelty of Quill. Will Alex fit into his new home? Will he keep his bond strong with Aaron? Will the good magic be able to reign over evil? I absolutely love this book! There were twists and turns, and so many surprises! I recommend this book to middle grade ages and up. Probably the best minimum age is 11 or 12, since there are many action scenes, with some violence. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.
    16 days ago
  • snicker9
    snicker9 added a book review.
    The Dragonet Prophecy is set in a world where the seven dragon tribes in the story have been at war for many years. The Talons of Peace want to bring an end to the fighting, and a prophecy is made. Five dragon eggs are raised hidden in a cave against their will to fulfill the prophecy. But then the five decide to escape their underground prison and find their homes. They succeed but are almost immediately captured by an evil queen. And the outside isn't what they expected at all. What will happen to them? Will they save the world? Or will they perish in their fight for freedom? I really liked this book. There was plenty and action, and I loved learning about all the unique dragon tribes and characteristics. It was interesting to see the development of the friendship between the five dragonets, and their reaction to their new reality. I recommend this book to fantasy and adventure (and of course dragon) lovers middle grade age and up. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
    16 days ago
  • snicker9
    snicker9's book review was featured in Savvy.
    The Beaumonts are a unique and unusual family. Each Beaumont, on their 13th birthday, get their inherited savvy. A savvy is a special ability like a superpower. All the savvy's are different, and can be anything. One of Mibs's brothers causes storms and another generates electricity, and neither is able to control his savvy too well yet. Now Mibs is about to turn thirteen, and they all wonder what her savvy will be. But just before her birthday, her father is in a car accident, and now lies in a coma in the hospital. And Mibs just hopes that whatever her savvy is, it will be something that can save him. I loved this book, it is such a unique concept, and Ingrid Law pulled it off beautifully. I kept wanting to turn the page and find out what was going to happen next. I especially liked that I got to feel what Mibs was feeling as she was trying to figure out her savvy and control it and as she goes on an adventure in the hopes of saving her father. I recommend it to middle grade students and older. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.
    16 days ago
  • snicker9
    snicker9 added a book review.
    The Beaumonts are a unique and unusual family. Each Beaumont, on their 13th birthday, get their inherited savvy. A savvy is a special ability like a superpower. All the savvy's are different, and can be anything. One of Mibs's brothers causes storms and another generates electricity, and neither is able to control his savvy too well yet. Now Mibs is about to turn thirteen, and they all wonder what her savvy will be. But just before her birthday, her father is in a car accident, and now lies in a coma in the hospital. And Mibs just hopes that whatever her savvy is, it will be something that can save him. I loved this book, it is such a unique concept, and Ingrid Law pulled it off beautifully. I kept wanting to turn the page and find out what was going to happen next. I especially liked that I got to feel what Mibs was feeling as she was trying to figure out her savvy and control it and as she goes on an adventure in the hopes of saving her father. I recommend it to middle grade students and older. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.
    16 days ago
  • snicker9
    snicker9 added a book review.
    This book had a very interesting format. Basically, two young boys are telling the story of everything that happened when they tried to make a book that was due in a day. I would compare the layout to books like Dork Diaries and Diaries of the Wimpy Kid, although this book has even more pictures and less words. I did enjoy this book, and found it very funny, even though it is clearly meant for kids just beginning to read or have been ready at a low level. This is the type of book my 9 year old sister enjoys. There is no inappropriate language or scenes in this book, and I would recommend it to all younger kids and beginning readers.
    18 days ago

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