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Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli (a review from our Two Thumbs Up review panel)

by McNally Robinson - Friday, Apr 27, 2012 at 5:20pm

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Jake and Lily are twins. Even though they seem pretty different, they feel exactly the same, almost like two halves of one person. But the year they turn eleven, everything changes. Their parents announce it's time for separate bedrooms, and Jake starts hanging out with a pack of boys on the block. Lily is devastated - not to mention really, really mad. And as she struggles to make friends and get a life apart from her twin, Jake finds himself dealing with a neighborhood bully and has to decide what kind of person he really is.

The book I read is called Jake and Lily. It is by Jerry Spinelli. This book comes out in May 2012.

Jake and Lily have a special connection that no one but them understands. Although, as they grow this connection starts to fade. Lily is determined to fix this while Jake is okay moving on. While going through their adventures (written by themselves) they must overcome many obstacles.

This is a great book for ages 8-12. I would recommend it to everyone. I think it teaches lots of lessons and shows how people are affected by your choices. I hope you get a chance to read and enjoy this book as much as I have.

- Laia, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Two Thumbs Up Kids

The 13th Horseman by Barry Hutchison (a review from our Two Thumbs Up review panel)

by McNally Robinson - Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 3:17pm

Thirteen year old Drake is quite surprised to find the Horseman of the Apocalypse hanging out in his garden shed. He's even more surprised when they ask him to join them. They're missing a Horseman, having gone through several Deaths and they think Drake is the boy for the job. At first he is reluctant to join them and help usher in Armageddon but it soon becomes clear that to save his life Drake will have to become . . . Death!

The 13th Horseman was a pretty good book. I thought it was a funny book because the main character is not at all fit for the job he is forced into. Along with that, the author made the book hard to put down because there were a lot of cliff hangers and scary moments. The best audience for this book would be eleven to fourteen, but as a fourteen year old, some of the material was a little cheesy but fun.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and I would recommend it, and I am looking forward to other books by this author.

- Burke, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

The 13th Horseman will be released on May 1st.

Categories: Two Thumbs Up, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Time Snatchers by Richard Ungar (a review from our Two Thumbs Up review panel)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Apr 07, 2012 at 4:16pm

Caleb's blinders are off. The small group of orphans who were also "adopted" by Uncle used to feel like family, but the competition to be the top time snatcher and the punishment for failure has gotten fierce. Time traveling to steal valuable objects can be a thrill, but with bully Frank trying to steal his snatches, his partner Abbie falling for Frank's slimy charms, and Uncle's plans to kidnap innocent kids to grow his business, Caleb starts thinking about getting out. But Uncle's reach extends to any country in any time period, and runaways get the harshest punishment of all. Caleb can steal just about anything from the past, but can he steal a family for the future?

This book seemed pretty good when I first got it. The plot was really interesting, the author was pretty descriptive, and his writing was humorous. Those elements continued throughout the entire book. However, the book ended up lacking in other elements. Strong character development was sporadic. Some characters were done really well, while others were introduced far too late in the book to give the reader the ability to relate and understand their role. The lack of closure for certain characters was frustrating because I really wanted to know what would happen to these particular characters and I never did.

Overall, this book wasn't too bad. The comedy was hilarious, and most characters had so much personality and were really written well that the book, even with its flaws, was worth snatching time to read.

- Justin, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Two Thumbs Up Kids

The Vindico by Wesley King (a review from our Two Thumbs Up review panel)

by McNally Robinson - Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 at 2:48pm

Led by the sinister Baron, the Vindico are a group of super villains who have been fighting against the League of Heroes for as long as they can remember. The Vindico kidnap a group of teenagers and train them to be the next generation. Mysteriously arriving at the Baron's mansion together, James, Lana, Hayden, Emily and Sam are forced to train with their mentors and given powers beyond their wildest dreams.

The Vindico, written by Wesley King, is a really good book for people ages 10-14. This fiction is about the league of superheroes facing a villainous league called the Vindico. The book uses superheroes but in a present-day setting; it's weird, but in a neat way. The Vindico is recruiting young protogees, teenagers with minds of their own. Will they go with the Vindico, or will they defy them? Read to find out!

The book has a really cool twist in it. Overall, it is one of the best books I've had the pleasure to read.

-Roshan (a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

The Vindico will be released on June 19, 2012.

Categories: Two Thumbs Up, Two Thumbs Up Kids

Stickman Odyssey Book Two: The Wrath of Zozimos by Christopher Ford (A review from our Two Thumbs Up Review Panel)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Mar 10, 2012 at 2:30pm

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You'd think that a stickman would catch a break after all that, but you'd be wrong. Arriving home only brings crazy family members and a return trip to sea, where mercenary centaurs and giant boar gods keep Zozimos questing and readers laughing. It would all be an epic tragedy if it wasn't so funny.

I really liked the Stickman Odyssey Book Two: The Wrath of Zozimos. This book is a graphic novel and it was so funny that I read it at least ten times. I even brought it to school and a lot of my friends read it too. They all thought it was really good and super funny as well! I liked this book so much that for my birthday my parents got me the first Stickman Book by Christopher Ford (I really liked that one too). The thing I enjoyed the most about this book was the fact that Zozimos (the main character) was always messing up during his adventure. I hope that Christopher Ford writes another book in the series.

- Rachelle, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Two Thumbs Up Kids
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