Thursday, January 25, 2018

Christmas Carol & The Defenders of Claus by Robert L. Fouch

I received a copy of Christmas Carol & The Defenders of Claus from Sky Pony Press to review on my blog.  I want to thank Sky Pony Press for sending me such great titles to read and review.

This book is about a girl named Carol whose deep passion for Christmas earned her the nickname Christmas Carol. With her father's disappearance and mother's death, Carol comes into the care of her only relative, her Uncle Christopher. Near Christmas, he takes her along to New York to work on a class project while he is working.

When her teacher appears and freezes time, Carol meets the real Santa Claus and discovers that she has a sacred duty to become a Defender of Claus, a group of special individuals who pledge to protect Santa with their life. But when an evil masked villain starts kidnapping the defenders, Carol might be the only one powerful enough to stop him.

This book was really good!  I liked how the defenders could harness their powers to stop or slow time and send out North pulses which are basically waves of force. I loved the shocking twist at the end, and I hope they come out with a sequel. It would be cool how the story continues.  Even though this is a Christmas themed book, I think readers would enjoy it all year round.

Monday, January 22, 2018

The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

The Lemonade War is the fourth book I read for literature in school this year.

When Evan Treski and his little sister, Jessie, get a letter informing them that they are both going to be in the same fourth grade class, Jessie is thrilled but Evan is angry. The normal fun that he and Jessie have won't be happening.When Evan has a lemonade stand with one of his friends, one of the things he always does with Jessie, she decides to make her own lemonade stand to try to win Evan back. Evan senses rivalry and his anger ends up getting him and Jessie in an all out lemonade war.
This war leads the siblings into thieveries and sabotage. Who will be victorious in this battle?

This was a strong story that showed that even siblings that get along great will have fights. I liked how the book was told from two different points of view--Jessie's and Evan's. It was cool how they were so different, but had a strong bond. I can't wait to read about Evan and Jessie's adventures in the rest of the series.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Me and Mister P. by Maria Farrer

I received a copy of Me and Mister P. from Sky Pony Press to review on my blog. I want to thank Sky Pony Press for all the cool books they have sent me. 

Arthur's little brother, Liam, is considered odd compared to most kids. He is over sensitive and gets all of his parents attention. When Arthur has finally had enough, he decides to run away from home.  Just then, a friendly polar bear appears that stops him in his tracks. Its name is Mister P. And with a suitcase full of fish and a big heart, he will help Arthur see his brother in a whole new light.

This is a fun read that I think a lot of kids will enjoy.  I liked how Mister P. seemed scary at first, but turned out to be nice. It was funny how Mister P. was so big Arthur had to keep finding ways to get him from one place to another.  Mister couldn't talk but always seemed to understand what was happening. This was a great book with a powerful ending and a good moral.  I would definitely recommend it.

Monday, January 15, 2018

The Amber Amulet by Craig Silvey

I received a copy of The Amber Amulet from Sky Pony Press to review on my blog. I want to thank Sky Pony Press for all the cool books they have sent me.

This book is about a boy named Liam McKenzie who, at ten years old, protects his neighborhood under the cover of darkness as the Masked Avenger. After years of research, he has discovered that different rocks could grant someone superhuman powers. But when he senses a sadness in civilian, he steals his mother's amber amulet.  Amber is known to protect the bearer from sadness and Liam gives it to the strange woman. By trying to do right, he makes more wrongs. How will he make things right and learn the true meaning of being a hero?

This was a shorter read that I think would be good for beginner readers. It was a fun book with a good message. I liked how Liam always tried to do the right thing, even if he did something wrong by accident. I think this book can inspire kids to help others because they want to ,not because they have to.