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Book-Alongs

As you may know, I’ve been reading children’s fiction books from our library on base.  The section is specifically called Juvenile Fiction.  This doesn’t include board books, but it includes everything from early readers to young adult books.  I gave myself the challenge of reading every book in the juvenile fiction section before we move from South Dakota.  This challenge has been great because I’ve been introduced to books and authors I didn’t know before.  It has also made me wonder what else I could do in addition to just reading the books.  I decided that I would write reviews of each one and maybe someone who is looking for books to read with their early readers or books for their middle schoolers to read could look at my reviews and get some questions answered about whether it would be good or not.  This worked for a while, and I read nearly 50 books and did reviews of them.  They are on this blog in separate posts, but I’m working on giving them their own pages so it’ll be easier for people to navigate the website.   In addition to the book reviews, I’m going to be making what I’m calling Book-Alongs.  They will be ebooks that have activities for children to do as they read the book (or when they finish if the books is short).  I’m not going to go back and do it for books I’ve already read, so I’ll just start it with the book I’m currently reading and go from there.  I hope that you find these ebooks and activities useful and that your children find a love of reading and a deeper connection to the books they love.  Happy Reading!!

 

The Forbidden Stone – The Copernicus Legacy Book 1

I finished the book this morning, and I literally have a timer set to go to the library as soon as it opens and get the next one.  This book was nonstop action from the very beginning. There are some spoilers coming up, so feel free to stop reading and go get your own copy to read before continuing.  The kids in this book were so unique and each one had their own voice and distinct personality.  I think a sign of great fiction is once you get to know the characters you can identify who is speaking just by what they say.  You don’t have to be told who is speaking.  It was completely true with this book.  Wade started out as the main character, but you quickly find out that nearly everyone in this book gets their own section told from their point of view.  Even the “bad guys”.  Becca is my favorite, I think.  But then I love Lily and Darrell too, so I’m really not sure.  I find myself wanting to parent these kids because I can see my own children in them. Another sign of a great book…

SPOILERS COMING!! (It won’t really ruin the book for you, so go ahead and read on!) 

There are still a lot of questions surrounding the Order, but we did get some sections from the leader’s point of view and even her second in command.  There are some parts of the story that seemed unbelievable that 14-15 yr old children would be doing, but that’s why it’s fiction.  And I’m sure if you were in the age group this book was written for that you would love to think you can do the things these kids are able to do.  It is great for providing a bit of actual history dispersed inside this fictionalized story of a time machine that was invented by Copernicus.  I can’t wait to see how the rest of the series plays out, and I’m almost afraid to google and find out how many books are in this series.  I’m not good at all at waiting if all of the books aren’t out yet, but I’ll be forced to check it out because I’m pretty sure our library only has the first two.  There better be more out than just two of them.  Oh well, I’m off to check out the second book and see how many more I have to go… I’m excited to keep going.  I loved this book!  5 Stars!!

This review is also available on my goodreads page.  And the other books I’m reading are there as well.