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Kid Review: The Girl Who Could Fly by Emily

Kid Review: The Girl Who Could Fly by Emily

The Girl Who Could Fly

Protected, homeschooled farm girl Piper McCloud can fly, really. When her secret is revealed to the people in her town Piper is quickly taken to a secret government facility. There are other special children ther for “training”. Piper meets other kids, kids with exceptional abilities like hers like  super speed, super intelligence, or the ability to  shrink! At first, the center seems like the right place for Piper and her new friends. But the longer she stays the more Piper begins to wonder, shat is the real reason the kids have been brought to the center? Can they leave whenever they want or are they prisoners?
This one is a Young Hoosier Grades 6-8 Nominee for 2010-2011.

Here is what Emily thinks:

I adored this book about a little girl who has been just floating around since she was a baby, she really does float around! She tries to fly, and succeeds. She loves to fly, but there is one problem. Her parents aren’t alright with her being different than other children, so she keeps it secret, until she accidently flies in front of everyone. Now they take her to a special place for kids that are different. She starts to relax in her new home, when she finds that something is wrong. This is such a sweet story, and I hope you read it! It should only be for children 9 and up.

I’ll just add that this is one book you really shouldn’t judge by the cover! Look at the cover in the Google Preview. As Simon Cowell would say, ” a MILLION times better!” Author: Victoria Forester

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Fablehaven: Keys to the Demon Prison

Fablehaven: Keys to the Demon Prison

Fablehaven Keys to the Demon Prison

  • This is book 5 and the last in the Fablehaven series. The battle between the Knights of the Dawn (Kendra and Seth, their Grandparents & other Knights) and The Society of the Evening Star (The Sphinx, demons & other bad guys) continues. The Sphinx  has taken control of The Society and threatens to open the legendary demon prison ZZyxx by collecting its five keys.  If The Sphinx manages to do this it isn’t just the magical creatures whose lives are at stake, it’s everyone.

Kendra is still emotional and methodical and makes her decisions based on what she knows and senses about the characters of the people she encounters. Kendra likes to think things through, a luxury she doesn’t have when faced with an epic demon battle.

Seth is still impulsive and impatient and prone to jump in before he thinks. He makes questionable alliances and finds himself trapped by his own scheming. He is a boy of quick action though and his decisive nature saves the day on more than one occasion.

They are just like the rest of us, figuring out their own strengths & weaknesses and figuring out who their real friends are…it’s just that they’re in the middle of a demon battle and their decisions make the difference between life and death. Author: Brandon Mull

Brandon Mull NEWS: “After meeting with Simon & Schuster, it looks like my first Beyonders book, A World Without Heroes, will release near the end of March 2011.”

Read them all:

#1: Fablehaven
#2: Rise of the Evening Star
#3: Grip of the Shadow Plague
#4: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary
#5: Keys to the Demon Prison

If you like Fablehaven and stories about epic battles involving fairies and other magical creatures try one of these:
Silksinger Clemency Pogue Fairy Killer Artemis Fowl The Field Guide
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The Red Pyramid

The Red Pyramid

The Red Pyramid

Carter and Sadie are brother and sister. They see each other once a year. Since their Mom died Sadie lives in London with their Grandparents. Carter travels around the world with their Dad, a famous Egyptologist. The kids don’t like each other much and the Grandparents don’t really seem to care much for the Dad. I mean, they’re civil, but they only see each other once year. Mostly, they just get through the visit and move on, waiting it out until the next year.

On Christmas Eve Carter and his Dad are in London to spend their one day of the year with Sadie. Dr. Kane takes the kids to the British Museum. Yawn. As if they haven’t done THAT before. What they really haven’t done is watch their Dad get trapped inside a golden sarcophagus after calling from the dead an Egyptian god determined to destroy the world.

Why would their Dad do that? HOW did their Dad do that? And who is this Uncle Amos that shows up to save them and take them to New York? Why New York? And why do Sadie and Carter have to be together? Another action packed adventure from Rick Riordan. Lots of monsters, lots of figuring out who to trust, lots of previously unknown powers. The action really is non-stop. Once you read this one, let us all know what you think. How does it compare to Percy Jackson and the Olympians? This one is quite a doorstop weighing in at over 500 pages. Not as bad as Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire at over 700 pages, but still, it’s a big book. The last 100 pages were the best for me and I’m looking forward to The Kane Chronicles #2. I hope it will reveal more about the characters. Author: Rick Riordan Series: The Kane Chronicles

Kane Chronicles Series:

#1: The Red Pyramid on CD Downloadable eBook or eAudio
#2: The Throne of Fire on CD, Downloadable eAudio


If you like this sort of action packed mythological adventure don’t miss Rick Riordan’s first series about Percy Jackson and Greek Mythology. Book 1 is The Lightning Thief. If you haven’t read it ask all your friends about it, chances are one of them has read it. If you like Ancient Egypt, try Theodosia or The Egypt Game.
The Lightning Thief Exploring Ancient Egypt The Egypt Game Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos
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Kid Review: The Second Siege

Kid Review: The Second Siege

The Second Siege

Twelve-year-old Max and his allies risk much as they seek to acquire the Book of Origins, an artifact of unimaginable power, in hopes of halting the ancient evil that is bringing the world to its knees. Series: The Tapestry Author: Henry H. Neff

Here’s what Samantha has to say about The Second Siege:

This book is amazing! I absolutely loved reading it. At dinner I got yelled at for reading at the table, I couldn’t put that thing down! Henry H. Neff is an awesome author and if you liked the Harry Potter series then you will find these books highly appealing. But BEWARE Henry has only written two of these and is in the process of writing the third. He left the story a cliff hanger and you won’t wanna miss the first two.

And here’s more from Samantha about The Hound of Roman:

The Tapestry series are great! This book was fabulous! So, sit back as thrilling main characters take you on an adventure you’ll never forget! The sequel to this book is The Second Siege. Don’t miss this thrilling novel and check it out at your local library!


The Tapestry Series:

#1: The Hound of Rowan Available on CD
#2: The Second Siege
#3: The Fiend and the Forge Available on CD
#4: The Maelstrom
#5: The Red Winter Available Fall 2013

Here is the first Tapestry book, The Hound of Rowan, plus two more adventures in worlds where monsters, trolls & demons are alive and well:
The Hound of Rowan The Beyonders The Ring of Solomon
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The Chestnut King

The Chestnut King

The Chestnut King

In Book 1: The 100 Cupboards Henry York found 99 cupboards hidden behind the plaster in his bedroom wall. The doors lead to other worlds and one door lead to Henry’s real home and his real parents. In Book 2: Dandelion Fire Henry learned about himself and the power of the dandelion fire that burns inside him. In this, book 3, Henry faces the evil that has been after him from the beginning. If he doesn’t win the battle everything he knows will be gone, everyone he knows will be gone. What kind of evil is Henry facing?

…[She] reached into the wicker cage and pulled out a bird. It blinked in the sun, wobbled, and slumped on her palm. She closed her fingers around it…She opened her hand and released a small pile of ash into the wind. It swirled and descended, dusting the surface of the lifeless pond. It was a small life, but she savored it. Greater lives would come. Inhaling slowly, she reached for another bird.

Wow. She devours life with just the touch of her fingers. This witch, she’s ice cold. The minions that she sends out to hunt Henry and his family are ruthless. They don’t care if their victims are old or young or helpless. The tension in this story stays really tight through the whole book. There is no let up in the suspense and the action. That makes you feel Henry’s urgency and makes for a very exciting read. Henry discovers that his only hope is the Chestnut King. The Chestnut King will help, but at a price. Is Henry willing to pay that price to save everything he cares about?

I really liked the characters around Henry in his story.  He has companions that are helping him fight the fight. He has his father and his grandmother, a couple uncles, his cousins and his wonderful, acid tongued friend, Franklin Fat-Faerie. Pay close attention to Fat Frank, and that’s all I’m going to say. Author N.D. Wilson

Watch an Interview with the Author:

100 Cupboards Series:

#1: 100 Cupboards on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudiobook
#2: Dandelion Fire on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudiobook
#3: The Chestnut King on CD, or Downloadable eAudiobook

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