Monday, October 5, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Box 1571 by R. M. Tudor


“If you want to help your family, Ella, look in the box.”

The Talbot family is in trouble. The business is collapsing, Mum can’t stop crying, and Ella will do anything to help. So when she finds thousands of pounds in Dad’s secret post office box, she thinks that all her problems have been solved. But thousands of pounds lead into six extraordinary rooms, and then Ella’s problems really begin. 

The money is hers, but she must win it by completing dangerous challenges in unknown places. With only her wits and the mysterious voice of ‘Finder’ to guide her, Ella navigates a pitch-black pathway, entertains evil executives, and escapes from vicious scorbsters. In Dark Rooms, Bored Rooms and Sale Rooms, she passes challenge after challenge, collecting more of the money and giving it to her parents without them knowing its origins. 

Yet with each conquest, Ella’s goal seems to move further and further away. The money brings new challenges that are much closer to home. She must follow the right path and learn the lessons of loyalty, determination and friendship before it’s too late. How will Ella save her family without Box 1571 destroying everything she has? 

REVIEW BY: Angel, age 12 years, 11 months


This book is wonderfully filled with passion, love and determination! The characters and plot were beautifully stitched together in this book. 

The only thing I have to say about this book regarding any kind of negatives, is that it was too short! I would have loved for this book to be longer. 

This book is about Ella and her delightfully fun journey to earn money for her family. Ella doesn't like it that her mother keeps crying over bills. When Ella's dad tells her to go to the post office to pick up more bills, she find a pink paper that has weird things written to her. Ella thinks Box 1571 might be the only option for her mother's crying to stop. 

I really enjoyed reading this book. My favorite part is when Ella wins first prize for her story. My favorite character is Finder because he is hilarious. 

I recommend this book for people that like to go on a journey with characters from the story!

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 and up. 

BOOK REVIEW: Lionel's Christmas Adventure: Lionel Learns the True Meaning of Christmas by Paul R. Hewlett


Have you ever wanted something you couldn't have? Meet Lionel, a loveable bully-magnet who desperately wants a new sled and will do anything to get it.This fun Christmas book follows Lionel from Larrystown to the North Pole. His magical Three-Toed-Potbellied Walbaun foot is back and is as unpredictable as ever. Whether Lionel's sledding, ice skating, or in a life-sized gingerbread village, it takes him on some grand adventures. Filled with great Christmas imagery, this book is perfect for young readers and family story time. This 2012 holiday, be careful what you wish for, you never know what might happen!

REVIEW BY: Angelina, age 8 years, 15 days until she turns 9!


I loved this book so much even though the pages were long. This book reminded me of Christmas and what I should be thankful for. 

Lionel has the Three-Toed-Potbellied Walbaun foot again and this time he learns that Christmas is not all about presents. Even though Lionel's mother and brother don't care about him, he still has his best friend, Skip, and his loving family. 

This book was so good that I don't think I can decide what part is my favorite! All that you need to know is that you should really read this at Christmas time! 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 10. 

FREE E-BOOK: Thirteen by Shannon Peel

We have the amazing opportunity to offer all of our readers a free e-book for Thirteen by Shannon Peel! Arianna read and reviewed this book. The review is up on the blog here

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BOOK REVIEW: Thirteen by Shannon Peel


Jack just wants to have fun with his friends but his mom's rules keep getting in the way. One morning they wake to machine gun fire and everything has changed because foreign soldiers have invaded his hometown shutting off the power, cutting off communications and restricting travel. To make things worse, he doesn't know if his dad is alive, wounded, captured or dead. All he wants is to find him, however, his mom doesn't care, the soldiers are in the way and the cop that busted him is no help at all. 

Becoming a teenager is a confusing time filled with personal battles and outside ones, Jack’s life is no different. As he enters high school he reinvents himself to be ‘cool’, until survival becomes a priority, then he is forced to become who he really is. Thirteen is a roller coaster of twists and turns.

REVIEW BY: Arianna, age 12 years, 10 months


This book was absolutely amazing! 

My favorite part is when Jack and his mom safely pass the checkpoint with Nick and Kim because they are relatively safe. 

My favorite character is Jack's mom because she is brave and never gives up. She protects Jack with her own life.

I recommend this book for anyone who likes adventures, war and survival stories. It does have some inappropriate language for younger readers, so I recommend it for older readers. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 and up.