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Monday, March 5, 2012

Mom and Me Mondays: Middle School Books

Luna the Moon Wolf (Beast Quest Amulet of Avantia #22)
by Adam Blade
Illustrated by Ezra Tucker
ISBN: 978-0-545-27213-1
Suggested Ages: 8-10
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Description: Tom must battle the most dangerous Ghost Beasts yet!At night, the Dead Wood comes alive with wild animals made ferocious by the spell of Luna the Moon Wolf. To save his father, Tom must collect the pieces of the Amulet of Avantia-which means battling Luna's murderous magic..

 Jake's Review:  I really like these books because they are easy and fast to read.  They are never boring and always have tons of action and no boring girly stuff (Mom's note: that means dialogue in his sexist brain).  I Like the powers that Luna uses even though she uses them to do bad stuff.  The description of Luna was kinda creepy and I had to leave the book face down so I couldn't see the cover when I go to bed.  My favorite characters were the little wolf puppies, although I think its kinda weird that they wanted to play with Tom after he killed their mom.  I didn't like how Silver was mean when he was being controlled by Luna.  I think my buddy Trevor would like to read this book because it is short and exciting and scary. He really likes the scary stuff, but doesn't like to read a lot. While I was reading it I thought how tough it must have been for Tom to fight Luna when he was so sleepy.

Jake's Rating: 10/10

Mom's Review: A good fast paced adventure story for the reluctant reader. There is plenty of action and gory stuff that will keep the boys hooked in this installment of the series. There is a nice message of friendship and about true bravery done in non shmaltzy way that I was impressed with. I like that his friend Elenna is a strong, brave female character who helps Tom along the way.  It's nice to see a strong fun female character in books that are definitely geared more to boys - maybe will get through to boys that girls can kick butt too.  My only issue in this one is that the character mentioned in the first chapter is never heard from again.  Why introduce her, have her go through something scary and than she's never heard from again -- I'm guessing filler or author is just cranking out these to make more cash and doesn't really care about plot holes. Ah well Jake eats these ups and anything that keeps him reading is good with me.

Mom's Rating: 6/10

Animorphs: The Capture
by K.A. Applegate
ISBN: 978-0-545-29158-3
Suggested Ages: 9-12
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Description: The wildly popular series by K.A. Applegate is back! The first six books of Animorphs return, with striking new lenticular covers that morph.It was bad when Jake found out his brother was one of them. A Human-Controller. A slave. But that was nothing compared to this.When the Animorphs decide to visit the Yeerks' new base, it seems simple. But then they get caught and Jake falls -- just for a moment -- into the Yeerk pool.Now they're out, and his friends can't see it. To them he's just like normal. But Jake is screaming for help. His worst fear has finally come true. He's become the enemy.

Jake's Review: This book is the most boring of the series so far, because there wasn't any exciting stuff in it.  They did way to much talking and not enough fighting. I would have changed the story so when a Morph thought talked to a human the human could actually thought talk back to the morph.  My favorite character is Ax because he is like the last living Andalite and that is pretty cool. I kinda feel sad for Marco because he doesn't have a Mom because she died (Mom's note: What is this a Disney movie where we have to kill off the mom).  I don't like Jake's brother Tom because he threw food at Jake and generally he's being controlled by an alien slug in his brain which is sorta scary. Kids who like aliens and fighting will like this book, even though the other books are better because there is more fighting in them.  I still want to read the rest of the series and hopefully the next one will have more butt kicking of the aliens and less talking.

Jake's Rating: 6/10

Mom's Review: Jake totally loves this series and I can definitely see the appeal in them.  Honestly at my age I would have have adored these too. I won't lie it was a bit of a struggle to get through it as I am obviously way too old to be reading these. The series probably could have ended already as this installment  really goes nowhere. It was interesting to see the thought process' of the Yerks, but other than that it really is the same old story, very formulaic  . But enough about my thoughts, the kids will dig this as the kids are saving the day without the help of bumbling adults.  Good message about working together and friendship also done in a non shmalzy way which kids will appreciate -- they hate it when you force feed them the moral crap. Also giggled when they used the phrase "resistance is futile"  - yes I am that much of a nerd.  Also for those who read these when they first came out, they have updated many of the pop culture and technology references to be a little more modern.

Mom's Rating: 6/10

We received these books from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review

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