Book Reviews

Book Review: Shadow Throne

Shadow Throne is book three in Jennifer Nielsen’s Ascendence Trilogy (which is expanding – more on that later!) . The story picks up shortly after the ending of Runaway King. The neighboring countries are taking full advantage of Carthya’s weakened state and throws young King Jaron in the center of a war. Jaron thinks he’s ready until things go horribly wrong on a rescue mission. And things just get worse for him by the minute. The one thing he often has going for him is that people always underestimate him.

This was a great read. I usually don’t enjoy reading about war, but the book held my attention. I really love the main character and just had to find out how he would get through everything. I did find a few spots sort of slow, but I highly recommend paying full attention to those parts.

In this third installment of the trilogy, I was not disappointed. And, as mentioned above, there seems to be a book 4 in the works. Jaron has another story to tell. Jennifer Nielsen posted here with all the juicy details!

Over all, I give this a 5 star rating.

Get notified of the next book review! You’ll be kept up to date and get some free coloring pages.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Going Wild

The middle-grade book, Going Wild by Lisa McCann is fantasy story set in the suburbs of Arizona. Charlie Wilde recently moved there from Chicago. Before she left, somebody left a mysterious package at her door. Soon, Charlie and her friends discover the abilities that come with this device – and all the danger that comes with it.

It was an interesting story with a fun concept. I think middle graders who love superheros will really enjoy it. While I enjoyed getting to know Charlie and her friends, I felt the first half of the book was a bit slow – but that’s just my preference. Lots of readers had no issue at all with the pacing of the story.

Going Wild by Lisa McCann

The second half of the book picks up dramatically when the dangerous organization responsible for the powerful device realizes Charlie has it. I do wish, with this being the first book, that it didn’t end with such a big cliff hanger. But I still enjoyed the majority of it and I think it is something the intended audience would love.

Have you read Going Wild? What were your thoughts?

Get notified of the next book review! You’ll be kept up to date as well as getting some free coloring pages.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Aiden McGee Gets a Case of the “Actuallys”

Aiden McGee Gets the Case of the “Actuallys
by Aaron McGinley

This was an adorable book about Aiden who can’t seem to help himself in correcting other people. He becomes aware of this habit one Monday during a school trip. His mom, who is also a doctor, diagnoses Aiden with a “Case of the Actuallys”. During this discussion, Mom suggests Aiden asks himself if something is necessary, kind, or true before saying something.

I loved this part of the story because as a Technology Teacher, I often discuss the THINKmethod that children use before posting online. Ask yourself if it is True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, and Kind. I can see myself reading a story like this to my students next year as we review digital citizenship.

You can get your copy of Aiden McGee Gets a Case of the “Actuallys” here.

Next week don’t miss the amazing interview I will post with author AAron McGinley. If you want to see the inteview before it goes live on my blog, join my newsletter (You also get free coloring pages and a free lesson plan.)

Book Reviews

Book Review: Cami Kangaroo books

This week I read two books by author Stacy Bauer titled Cami Kangaroo Has Too Much Stuff and Cami Kangaroo Has Too Many Sweets. Both books are beautifully illustrated by Rebecca Sinclair. They are friendly pictures that I think children would like and relate to.

Cami Kangaroo Has Too Much Stuff is an adorable story about the importance of keeping Cami’s room tidy. Cami is not allowed to go to her cousin’s birthday party until her room is cleaned. When she goes to clean her room, she gets easily distracted. It is then that she remembers she still had her cousin’s toy she needed to find and return. While I would have liked to see Cami get her room clean without help, I understand the author pointing out how overwhelming it can be if we let our mess get out of control.

I enjoyed the story and my daughter said she can completely relate to having to clean your room before getting to do something fun!

In Cami Kangaroo Has Too Many Sweets , we see Cami who loves her sweet treats. Even though she is told not to eat so many sweets, she continues to search them out. When mom makes it harder for Cami to access the treats, Cami cleverly finds ways of getting them.

While I really enjoyed the story, I would have loved to see more natural consequences of eating too many sweets such as a tummy ache or a toothache. The story has a regular dentist appointment already set up, but maybe that could have occurred as a result of a toothache from eating too many sweets. Once again, I enjoyed the story. The characters and the illustrations were relatable.

Book Reviews

Pixie and the Green Book Mystery Book Review

Pixie and the Green Book Mystery
Author: Coraline Grace
Illustrator: Encarna Dorado


Author Coraline Grace introduces us to Pixie, also known as Marigold. Pixie is an elementary school student who loves books and the library. After a bad day at school, Pixie visits the library and discovers a mysterious green book. When she opens the book, familiar characters begin to speak to her.  We see Cindi, Alice and the White Rabbit who are all trapped in mixed up fairy tales. Pixie agreed to help the characters and stop their enemy known as The Book Guardian.


I love books with a little bit of magic in them, so this was a treat to read.  I had trouble understanding why Pixie had two names. But other than that I loved it. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next one. Overall it was a cute and fun book to read.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars