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Sunday, May 24, 2015

2015 Summer Reading Suggestions ~ The Quest For Truth


2015 Summer Reading Suggestions - Week 4
The Quest for Truth series

One of my favorite series of books is written for kids about 8+. Family oriented, faith based and action packed it's guaranteed to keep boys (and girls) on the edge of their seat. Older kids and parents will get the message buried beneath the story and will have fun with the symbolism and references to faith & Biblical lessons scattered throughout the story. I STILL think this series would make a GREAT movie series!

The Quest for Truth is a cross between Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter (kinda), Avatar (without the animalismm, ritualism & preaching about saving the planet) & Indiana Jones..... it moves fast, is as deep as you want to make it, is full of puzzles, symbols and scriptural lessons without delving into the Bible. Make sense? No - you need to read the book to see what I mean!

   
The first 4 books in this 5 book series!

Taken
by Brock Eastman
ISBN: 978-1596382459   
$ 10.39 (paperback)
$ 8.99 (Kindle)

Risk
by Brock Eastman
ISBN: 978-1596382466   
$ 12.26 (paperback)
$ 8.99 (Kindle)
Original Review

Unleash
by Brock Eastman
ISBN: 978-1596382473  
$ 12.99 (paperback)
$ 8.99 (Kindle)
Original Review

Tangle
by Brock Eastman
ISBN: 978-159638280  
$ 12.99 (paperback)

The Coming Storm: An Obbin Adventure
by Brock Eastman
ISBN: 978-0615703961   
$7.49 (paperback)

About this series:
The Quest for Truth series follows the 4 Wikk kids in their desperate race to find the mysterious planet Ursprung & stop the Ubel renegades from misusing it's long-lost secrets. Ancient cities, treacherous villains, high-tech gadgets, the Phoenix-encounter all these and more on this futuristic, interplanetary adventure.

Join the Wikk siblings as they race through space to save their parents who have been kidnapped by the sinister Captain Vedrik. Their only hope is their parents Archeos e-journal which contains clues that point the kids to their parents next mission - an archeological dig to find remnants of an ancient human civilization. They must rely on Oliver's academy training to fly their ship but problems arise when twins Mason & Austin unexpectedly meet a secret race of people called the Blue People.

I've done reviews on the first 3 books in this series during the Summer Book Club that I used to host every summer on my Classic Children's Books blog. Brock Eastman has also written another series The Sages of Darkness and has authored few of The Imagination Station series books. 
Brock Eastman
Learn more about Brock Eastman HERE. He enjoys hearing from kids who have read his books as well as getting letters & artwork from them. You can contact him at BrockEastman.com.

Connect with him @:
Twitter: @bdeastman

Disclaimer: This series is part of the 2015 Summer Reading series and I was not requested to post a review or paid to do so. Thank you!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Book Spotlight ~ New MG-Teen Fiction Series!


Today I am announcing a NEW Kids series due out Fall 2015. I will be posting a review at a later date but I wanted to let you know about J Scott Savages new series so you can put it on your calendar - it should make a great birthday or holiday gift for your MG/Teen who likes a little Sci-Fi, a little intrigue and a whole lotta action!

Mysteries of Cove
book 1: Fires of Invention
by: J Scott Savage

About the book:
STEAMPUNK! Plus Dragons!
Trenton Colman is a creative thirteen-year-old boy with a knack for all things mechanical. But his talents are viewed with suspicion in Cove, a steam-powered city built inside a mountain. In Cove, creativity is a crime and "invention" is a curse word. Kallista Babbage is a repair technician and daughter of the notorious Leo Babbage, whose father died in an explosion-an event the leaders of Cove point to as an example of the danger of creativity.

Working together, Trenton and Kallista learn that Leo Babbage was developing a secret project before he perished. Following clues he left behind, they begin to assemble a strange machine that is unlikely anything they've ever seen before. They soon discover that what they are building may threaten every truth their city is founded on-and quite possibly their very lives.

Who wrote it?
J. Scott Savage is the author of the Farworld middle grade fantasy series and the Case File 13 middle grade monster series. He has been writing and publishing books for over ten years. He has visited over 400 elementary schools, dozens of writers conferences, and taught many writing classes. He has four children and lives with his wife Jennifer and their Border Collie, Pepper, in a windy valley of the Rocky Mountains.

Why'd he write it & Where'd he get the idea?
Like many of my books, the inspiration for my new series Fires of Invention came from the collision of two ideas. The first time the story occurred to me was while I was watching the musical Wicked with my wife. The moment I walked into the theater and saw the huge mechanical dragon above the stage, I thought, Wow! I have to write a story about that! A few weeks later, I was talking with my nephew, who is probably the most creative kid I know, but whose inventiveness often gets him into trouble, and I thought, What if a kid who had the talents of my nephew lived in a world where creativity was against the law? What if the kids were building . . . a steam-powered dragon? Bam! I had my story.

Powered by great feedback from my agent, Michael Bourret, my good friend and author James Dashner, my publisher, Chris Schoebinger, and the song “Warriors” by Imagine Dragons, I wrote the entire first draft of the first volume in the series, Mysteries of Cove in four weeks. This book is unlike anything I have ever written. There are elements of City of Ember, Dragon Riders, and Hugo in it all mashed up together in a world I fell in love with from the moment I started writing.

I think what’s most exciting to me about this book is that it’s about giving yourself the freedom to imagine. To take chances. Too often we limit ourselves by only trying things we’re confident we can succeed at when what we need to do is give ourselves permission to fail. Often it is when we attempt things with no idea of how we can possibly pull them off that we achieve our greatest successes.

Other books/series by Mr Savage:
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Learn more about J Scott Savage's books (2 series so far!), ideas and stay in contact for future releases at: www.jscottsavage.com and you can also follow him on Instagram: jscottsavageFacebook and Twitter. =D

Disclaimer: I am working together with Shadow Mountain & J Scott Savage to announce the future release of Mysteries of Covebook 1: Fires of Invention this fall. I was not offered any $$$ to spotlight this book however I will receive a copy of the book to do the review this summer.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

2015 Summer Reading Suggestions - Week 3


This is the 3rd week of a 5-6 week series where I share the BEST Middle Grade/Teen Fiction books that I've read the last 5 years or so. When I started blogging over on Classic Children's Books I really had no intention of reading & review Middle Grade fiction (to be honest I had never heard the term) but I have found this genre to be interesting, captivating and sometimes nail biting. 

Here is WEEK 3: Swipe!

Swipe (Series)
by Evan Angler
ISBN: 9781400318360
$8.99 (paperback)
$1.99 (kindle)

"Apocalyptic dystopian fiction at it's best. Angler's sharp wit & dexterity with political themes are matched only by the thrilling suspense on every page." ~ Liz Wiehl, New York Times, best selling author & FOX News correspondent

You can read my original review & watch the trailer HERE

I had forgotten about this book until I was scrolling through all the reviews. I was going to do the books that have stuck in my head over the years and when I stumbled over this one I had to go watch the trailer again and read my review and I could immediately feel my mind perk up and my interest peaked. 

I haven't read to many books that fit in the "dystopian" genre and I had to go look up the definition of the word "dystopia":
  1. A dystopia (from the Greek δυσ- and τόπος, alternatively, cacotopia, kakotopia, or anti-utopia) is an imaginary community or society that is undesirable or frightening. It is literally translated as "not-good place", an antonym of utopia. (Wikipedia)
When I was a child my parents church had shown the end times series about the rapture and all the turmoil and struggle that the christians will go through. The feelings I got at age 9 were very similar to the feelings I had reading this book (obviously I'm no longer 9 and have a greater understanding and comfort level). I felt the same rush and uncomfortableness reading this and even watching the trailer.

If you have a kid who loves scary movies (I avoid them with a passion after the movie I watched in church), who loves the RUSH of adrenaline and perhaps is a reluctant reader - they just might like this book and the series it's part of.

Do you have any other books in the dystopia genre that you or your kids have read? What did you like about them?

Disclaimer: This series is part of the 2015 Summer Reading series and I was not requested to post a review or paid to do so. Thank you!