Kids’ Club Review by Keya: Code of honor

Code of honorCode of honor, by Erin Hunter

HEED THE CALL OF THE WILD WITH THE EXHILARATING NEW SERIES FROM ERIN HUNTER
A baboon who has uncovered an act of treachery.

An elephant uncertain of her fate.

A lion poised to strike.

The code of the wild has been broken.

Great Mother has been murdered-and Bravelands is on the edge of chaos.

Among the baboons of Brightforest Troop, Thorn Middleleaf struggles with a terrible secret-proof of the unthinkable betrayal that has happened in their midst. Across the plains, a young lion named Fearless chafes under the rule of a tyrant, waiting for the right moment to reclaim his father’s pride. And the elephant Sky is desperately searching for a sign that will guide her to the savannah’s rightful leader. A quest for answers will unite them all-but will it be before the fragile balance of Bravelands is destroyed forever?

The exhilarating new series from the New York Times bestselling author or Warriors.

3 stars

Reviewed by Keya from Central City, 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Keya: Broken pride

Broken prideBroken pride, by Erin Hunter

Heed the call of the wild with this brand-new, action-packed animal fantasy series from the #1 nationally bestselling author of Warriors. Enter the Bravelands … and discover the Erin Hunter series you’ve been waiting for.

A lion cast out from his pride.

An elephant who can read the bones of the dead.

A baboon rebelling against his destiny.

For generations, the animals of the African plains have followed a single rule: only kill to survive. But when an unthinkable act of betrayal shatters the peace, the fragile balance between predators and prey will rest in the paws of three unlikely heroes.

Set in an epic new world and told from three different animals’ points of view, Bravelands will thrill readers who love Spirit Animals and Wings of Fire, as well as the legion of dedicated fans who’ve made Erin Hunter a bestselling phenomenon.

5 stars

Reviewed by Keya from Central City, 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Keya: Mary Poppins

Mary PoppinsMary Poppins, by P. L. Travers (1899-1996)

The original best-loved classic about the world’s most famous nanny – Mary Poppins.

When the Banks family advertise for a nanny, Mary Poppins and her talking umbrella appear out of the sky, ready to take the children on extraordinary adventures.

Mary Poppins is strict but fair, and soon Michael and Jane are whisked off to a funfair inside a pavement picture and on many more outings with their wonderful new nanny!

But, Mary has only promised to stay until the wind changes…

4 stars

Reviewed by Keya from Central City, 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Keya: The girl in the torch

The girl in the torchThe girl in the torch, by Rob Sharenow

At the dawn of the twentieth century, thousands of immigrants are arriving in the promised land of New York City. Twelve-year-old Sarah has always dreamed of America, a land of freedom and possibility. In her small village she stares at a postcard of the Statue of Liberty and imagines the Lady beckoning to her. When Sarah and her mother finally journey across the Atlantic, though, tragedy strikes—and Sarah finds herself being sent back before she even sets foot in the country.

Yet just as Sarah is ushered onto the boat that will send her away from the land of her dreams, she makes a life-or-death decision. She daringly jumps off the back of the boat and swims as hard as she can toward the Lady’s island and a new life.

Her leap of faith leads her to an unbelievable hiding place: the Statue of Liberty itself. Now Sarah must find a way to Manhattan while avoiding the night watchman and scavenging enough food to survive. When a surprising ally helps bring her to the city, Sarah finds herself facing new dangers and a life on her own. Will she ever find a true home in America?

5 stars

Reviewed by Keya from Central City, 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Keya: VIP : I’m with the band

VIP : I'm with the bandVIP : I’m with the band, by Jen Calonita

Twelve-year-old Mackenzie “Mac” Lowell’s dreams have come true. Thanks to her mom scoring the coolest job EVER, Mac is going from boy band fanatic to official tour member of her favorite group, Perfect Storm. Good thing she’s brought along her journal so she can record every moment, every breath, and every one of lead singer Zander Welling’s killer smiles in written detail and daydreamy doodles.

But between a zillion tour stops and pranks gone wrong, Zander and his fellow band members, Heath Holland and Kyle Beyer, become more like brothers to Mac. When the boys’ differences start to drive them apart, can Perfect Storm’s biggest fan remind them why they’re perfect together? It’ll be up to Mac–and her comic-book alter ego, Mac Attack–to keep the band together and on the road to stardom.

Chronicling her experiences on tour, Mac’s journal springs to life with black-and-white illustrations and comic-book panels throughout its pages.

4 stars

Reviewed by Keya from Central City, 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Keya: Beyond the grave

Beyond the graveBeyond the grave, by Jude Watson

Betrayed by their cousins, abandoned by their uncle, and with only the slimmest hint to guide them, fourteen-year old Amy Cahill and her younger brother, Dan, rush off to Egypt on the hunt for 39 Clues that lead to a source of unimaginable power. But when they arrive, Amy and Dan get something completely unexpected – a message from their dead grandmother, Grace. Did Grace set out to help the two orphans . . . or are Amy and Dan heading for the most devastating betrayal yet?

5 stars

Reviewed by Keya from Central City, 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Keya: The sword thief

The sword thiefThe sword thief, by Peter Lerangis

Amy and Dan Cahill have been located once again, this time in the company of the notoriously unreliable Alistair Oh. Could they have been foolish enough to make an alliance?

Spies report that Amy and Dan seem to be tracking the life of one of the most powerful fighters the world has ever known. If this fearsome warrior was a Cahill, his secrets are sure to be well-guarded . . . and the price to uncover them just might be lethal.

5 stars

Reviewed by Keya from Central City, 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Keya: One false note

One false noteOne false note, by Gordon Korman

THIS JUST IN! Amy and Dan Cahill were spotted on a train, hot on the trail of one of 39 Clues hidden around the world. BUT WAIT! Police report a break-in at an elite hotel, and the suspects ALSO sound suspiciously like Amy and Dan. UPDATE! Amy and Dan have been seen in a car . . . no, in a speedboat chase . . . and HOLD EVERYTHING! They’re being chased by an angry mob?!? When there’s a Clue on the line, anything can happen.

5 stars

Reviewed by Keya from Central City, 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Keya: The maze of bones

The maze of bonesThe maze of bones, by Rick Riordan

When Amy and Dan Cahill’s Grandmother, Grace Cahill, tragically passes away, the siblings are tossed into another world. At Grace’s funeral, Grace herself talks to them from a video. They either get to keep a million dollars and go, or join the hunt of the family, for 39 clues. Amy and Dan give up their million dollars for the race, but you never know what lies in wait for them.

5 stars

Reviewed by Keya from Central City, 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Keya: Once upon a crime

Once upon a crimeOnce upon a crime, by Michael Buckley (1969-)

For the first time since their parents were kidnapped, Sabrina and Daphne Grimm return to their hometown of New York City, to find the trickster King ,(Puck’s), family. But, the fairy-tale detectives get more than they bargained for in the Big Apple: wand-wielding fairy godfathers, swashbuckling Wall-Street pirates, subway-stealing dwarfs, and, worst of all, in the midst of all these urban everafters, a murderer.

4 stars

Reviewed by Keya from Central City, 11 years old