Book Review for “Code of Silence”- Christian Middle Grade Mystery

What the book is about:

When Cooper, Hiro, and Gordy witness a robbery that leaves a man in a coma, they find themselves tangled in a web of mystery and deceit that threatens their lives. After being seen by the criminals—who may also be cops—Cooper makes everyone promise never to reveal what they have seen. Telling the truth could kill them. But remaining silent means an innocent man takes the fall, and a friend never receives justice.

Is there ever a time to lie? And what happens when the truth is dangerous?

The three friends, trapped in a code of silence, must face the consequences of choosing right or wrong when both options have their price.

My Review:

This one was a library check out. Took my little guy to the library and saw the set on display. The covers looked interesting and when I opened up to the inside cover saw they were Christian mystery for middle graders I had to get them. Book one was great. Main characters are junior high friends who’s faith and loyalty are tested. Two boys and a girl. Not preachy at all. Just a great “friends” mystery. There is no swearing, however there is some violence (robbery). I give it five stars. New author for me, but a new favorite.  New author for me, but a new favorite. Can recommend for all ages, though written for middle grade (girls and boys both).

Book Review for “Aoleon The Martian Girl: Part Five”- Middle Grade Sci Fi

 

 

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What the book is about: Will Aoléon and Gilbert discover the truth at last? It’s been one difficult challenge after another, but Aoléon, Gilbert and their friends (Bizwat, Helios, and Zoot) make it to their final destination: the secret Martian base located under the Great Pyramid of Cydonia. But their adventure isn’t over yet. Not by a long shot! Not only must they infiltrate a secret underground facility guarded by legions of sentrybots to find and rescue Aoléon’s parents, but they also must face their toughest test yet. Can Gilbert help Aoléon rescue her parents and stop the Martian invasion once and for all? Read the exciting conclusion to the Aoléon the Martian Girl series to find out!

My Review: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is the last and final installment of the “Martian Girl” Series. All five were fun and pack full of action and great graphics. The pictures are not your run of the mill illustrations, but bright computer animated through out. There is some violence, no swearing, and loads of age appropriate humor. This one closes the series with our heroes saving not only earth, but Mars as well. Gilbert finally decides, after all the danger and adventure, that home isn’t so bad, even with homework and milking the cows.

I liked it and gave it four stars.

I can recommend for ages 9-13, unless you love sci fi and are a kid at heart.

Get your copy here: http://www.amazon.com/Aoleon-The-Martian-Girl-Science/dp/0979128595/ref=pd_sim_sbs_14_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=0W8AQS743SA721ZCP958

The Author: Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

Author’s Website: http://brentlevasseur.com/

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/embed/eA1b6G876V0

 

Book Review for “Aoleon The Martion Girl”- Middle Grade Sci F

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I was given a copy of “Aoleon The Martian Girl” in exchange for an honest review.

What the book is about: “Mars wants our cows (yes, cows!), and they’re sending an invasion fleet to take them from us. Only Gilbert and Aoleon the Martian Girl stand in their way!”

Gilbert always longed for adventure, but now that he has it, he’s not sure that it’s everything it’s cracked up to be. Ever since the night he met Aoleon the Martian Girl sitting in the middle of a crop circle in Farmer Johnson’s field, it’s been nothing but one wild ride after another.

From fighting off swarms of giant killer robots to dealing with strange aliens from another world – never mind trekking across the vast Martian desert and skyboarding deep into the center of a (hopefully) extinct volcano – Gilbert has had his hands full just trying to keep up with it all. And now it’s up to him and his new friend, Aoleon, to face off against the evil Martian overlord and keep our cows safe at home where they belong.

My Review: Aoleon The Martian Girl was a fun read! Fast paced with quirky characters, other planets, alien life forms, and UFO’s. The story line is geared for middle grade readers and the humor reflects that fact. The entire book from cover to cover is filled with great pictures. They are not your typical illustrations, but look more like movie stills. Gilbert meets Aoleon while she is on earth making crop circles. Soon they are running from an irate farmer and end up back on Mars. Gilbert finds out that life on Mars is similar, yet very weird.

A great start to the series. Good writing, maybe a tad too much scientific jargon for me. I think that anyone who likes sci fi with humor would enjoy the book even if they are older than the target group. I liked the book and will be continuing on with the rest of the series.

You can find the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Brent-LeVasseur/e/B00QW805MM/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1428962228&sr=8-1

Author’s Website: http://brentlevasseur.com/

The Author: Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/embed/eA1b6G876V0

 

Book Review for “Clockwork Mechanicals-the Complete Trilogy”-Middle Grade Fiction

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I was given “Clockwork Mechanicals- the Complete Trilogy by the author, Peter R. Stone, in exchange for an honest review. I read book one quiet some time ago and thought it was a great middle grade read! So when Mr. Stone gave me the opportunity to read the whole set, I jumped on the chance. Steampunk for kids with great characters and a good moral lesson. Read them in order as they go from one point in time to the next, however each book has a definite beginning and an ending. I just love this author. His YA “Forager” series was also a good read. I give it five stars and can recommend for ages 7-13, (though I am much older than that and really enjoyed them)

Book Review for “The Amazing Adventures of Toby the Trilby” – Christian Middle Grade Fiction

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I received a free copy of “The Amazing Adventures of Toby the Trilby” from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review. This is such a lovely middle grade read! Toby was created by some aging scientists out of a need for a child to love. Those scientists had to use the DNA they had available after going underground, and unfortunately had to add some cat DNA. So lovable Toby has is smaller than most 12 year olds, and has cat ears and a tale. Toby ventures above ground trying to find out if he has a soul. Great Christian fiction. I will be putting the two other Toby books on my to read list. I give it five stars, I loved it.

Book Review for “Kingdom Lights”-Middle Grade Fantasy/Steampunk Fiction

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I received a copy of “The Kingdom Lights” from the author, Steven VS, in exchange for an honest review. This book is intended for Middle grade to Young Adult. It is a good fantasy, with steampunk elements, including floating cities and magic. I really enjoyed this book. The characters are fleshed out and likable, quite a few interesting new “species” for me. If you are a parent that doesn’t want your children to read anything with magic, then this one isn’t for you. Absolutely no swearing, no sexual content, but there is fighting and “monster” type things used in battle. I give it four stars, I really liked it. Though the story had a clear beginning and end, I am hoping there will be more of these books.