The Name of this Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
Action and Adventure , Fantasy , Fiction , Series / June 26, 2016

This is the first book in the Secret series I really like the way way he writes these books because he is talking to you but wants to keep story details secret.  The main characters are Cass and Max-Ernest, two kids who struggle to make friends, who get thrown into an adventure they know nothing about.  When someone from their school gets kidnapped they have to follow the clues to a mysterious spa where they find out about a secret society.  They have to rescue the their school mate and figure out what the society is up to.  The book is a medium pace that ends off in a really exciting spot.  There are some parts that talk about making mummies, kinda gross, but not too much.  There is no boy/ girl stuff.  This book makes a mystery that spands the past, present and future. AR Points 9.0  Lexile level 810 Bob age 8

If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late by Pseudonymous Bosch
Action and Adventure , Fantasy , Fiction , Series / June 26, 2016

This is the second book in the Secret series. The book is written in the same fun style where the author is talking to you.  The book starts by giving you some insight into what the bad guys are doing.  Then it resumes with Cass and Max Ernest.  They find a magical object that draws them deeper into the mysterious society.  Once again they are following clues, this time to find the source of evil.   They are only beginning to discover how they are linked to this ancient group.  I liked this one as much as I liked the first book.  I like how the kids have to use problem solving skills to figure out what the clues mean and follow them to the answer. The kids sneak out, which is not good but mostly they are good role models.  I will  get back to you soon with my review of the next book. AR Points 9.0 Lexile Level 760

The Palace of Glass by Django Wexler
Action and Adventure , Fantasy , Fiction , Series / June 26, 2016

This is the third and last book of the The Forbidden Library series This book picks up where the last book leaves off with Alice angry and seeking revenge.  I didn’t like that revenge was the driving force however the author is clever in slowly redirecting her anger.  Eventually Alice discovers that getting revenge doesn’t make you feel any better.  The themes of friendship and teamwork continue in this book.  The whole book builds to a climactic end and is really a journey about learning to leave anger behind and focus on the people are in your life.  The author doesn’t talk about feelings and stuff, they just let your see Alice’s path through the action.  There are lots of good action and the story was really smartly written. I like the ending a lot and even though the second book was not the best the series all together was excellent. Lexie Level 780 AR points 10 Percy age 9

The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler
Action and Adventure , Fantasy , Fiction , Series / June 26, 2016

This is the first book of the three book Forbidden Library series If you’ve ever felt like a good book transports you into the story then this is a book for you. The book is about a girl named Alice who is a normal girl who overhears a conversation that changes her life.  After the tragic loss of her father (which she struggles with emotionally in the story) she is sent to live with an uncle she doesn’t know.  She discovers that he has a magical library and despite the fact that she doesn’t believe in magic she is forced to change her mind.   I really like how magic and books are intertwined in the story.  Even though the story follows a girl its not a girly book.  The story is medium paced with spots that are pretty exciting, an overall fast read.  The author uses simple language but very well.  Even though this book is part of a series it could be read on its own, it is the best written of the three however the other two books are definitely worth reading.   There are similarities to the premise of this story and the book Ink Heart…

The Mad Apprentice by Django Wexler
Action and Adventure , Fantasy , Fiction , Series / June 26, 2016

This is the second book in the Forbidden Library series This book is much stranger than the first book.  The library apprentice is driven mad  and becomes the bad guy of book. Alice and her friends are forced to fight the monsters from every book in order to stop an evil plot. I didn’t like that the author chose to make the apprentice the brother of Alice’s friend.  This makes the story have a sad, uneasy undertone.  Other characters in the book are killed while fighting multiple enemies which also makes this book the down arc of the series story line.  I did like the theme of friendship and learning to work together as a team, which makes the losses even harder.  The book starts starts off slow but speeds up through the middle and then slows to the end which happens abruptly leaving you ready for the third book.  If you read this book you have to read the third book so that you are not left with a sad, ugh, feeling.  It will be worth it in the end. AR Points 10 Lexile Level 880 Percy age 9

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
Action and Adventure , Fiction , Series / June 21, 2016

Be warned: the first two chapters are kinda slow and not very exciting but the rest of the book is fun filled and action packed.  I wanted to stop reading it at the end of chapter one but my mom convinced me to keep reading and I’m glad I did.   The book is full of mysterious puzzles and interesting gadgets and gizmos.  As soon as you enter the library you feel like you have gone to another world.  The author describes the library really well making it easy to picture in your mind.  The clues are written so that you feel like you are solving them along with the characters.  There are picture puzzles in the book that you could solve without even reading the story.  The end is unexpected but if you went back and read it again you could find small details you missed that would have let you figure it out. There is no magic in this story, just advanced technology, and the kids are smart but ordinary.  I like how Mr Lemoncello likes to make everything a surprise.  The story mentions many other books and made me want to read some that I hadn’t heard…

Crater by Homer Hickam

I liked this book a lot.  The story is about a very optimistic boy named Crater who is stuck working as a Helium 3 miner on the moon.  When he is sent on a special assignment to a city on the other side of the moon he discovers a plot that might put Crater and everyone with him at risk.  The author addresses some difficulties of living on the moon and consistently uses the setting as part of the story.  Helium 3 mining on the moon is something researchers are really studying and I think the author is writing about one possible outcome if we proceed with it. The book starts kind of slow but it speeds up after the first chapter.  The author keeps you in suspense until the end.  The story touches on some difficult subjects such as genetically engineered workers and has some violence but its is only in part of a chapter.  There is only a little boy/ girl stuff, no kissing or anything, that doesn’t affect the story  Crater has lost his family but its only background information and not given much emotion. Overall this is a good adventure book that makes you want to keep…