Thursday, January 26, 2017

Book Reviews: January Kids Books Read

Back Cover Blurb:

One of the most adored characters in children's literature is the eccentric, forceful, bighearted Grandma Dowdel, star of the Newbery Award winning A Year Down Yonder and Newbery Honor winning A Long Way from Chicago. And it turns out that her story isn't over. It's now 1958, and a new family has moved in next door to Mrs. Dowdel: a minister and his wife and kids. Soon Mrs. Dowdel will work her particular brand of charm on all of them, and they will quickly discover that the last house in town might also be the most vital.


We've read the other two books in this series, and we loved this one just as much. The characters are fun, but well drawn out. There are serious topics sprinkled among the lighter story lines, and the time period stuff is done perfectly without being obvious.

I highly recommend this book for ages 7 and up.

Back Cover Blurb:

The Kidds--treasure hunting family extraordinaire--are heading to China, on a journey that will lead them beyond the Great Wall and into the underbelly of Berlin.

Bick and Beck Kidd are desperately trying to secure the ancient Chinese artifact that will buy their mother's freedom from renegade pirates. But when the kidnappers force them to locate an even greater treasure--priceless paintings stolen by Nazis, the Kidds must rely on their own cunning and experience to outwit the criminals, all while their mom's life is on the line.


My kids love this series (as they do all of James Patterson's books), and this book didn't disappoint. While the story takes many twists and turns, the characters are endearing and their commitment to each other is what makes me love reading it to my kids.

I recommend this book for kids 7 and up.

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