Saturday, August 13, 2011

Two Book Reviews - "Key of Kilenya" and "Huber Hill and the Dead Man's Treasure"




Andrea Pearson, author of "Key of Kilenya"

About Andrea:
Andrea is an avid reader and outdoor-er, who loves traveling. She and her husband (AKA Mr. Darcy) were married only a few months ago, and have settled near a river that someday will probably overflow and flood their house.

It took her nearly a lifetime to do so (nine years), but she graduated with a bachelor of science degree in Communications Disorders from Brigham Young University. She plans to open a flying bicycle shop eventually, but for the time being, she is happy teaching orchestra to elementary students.











From the publisher:
Jacob Clark's life is thrown into chaos when he discovers a path to a different world near his small-town home. The creatures of this new world are strange and have odd customs, and he is surprised to learn that everyone knows everything about him. Even the evil, immortal Lorkon, who stole the Key of Kilenya. They are jealous of Jacob and wish to control powers he doesn't know he possesses.

My review:          

Andrea Pearson has created a fascinating new world filled with magical creatures and a challenging landscape. Jacob Clark accidentally enters this strange world to find he is not only expected, but has an important quest. This action-filled and imaginative book will hold you in the grips of a dangerous new world until you discover if Jacob can recover the Key of Kilenya.

The author's blog can be found at http://www.kilenyaseries.blogspot.com.
To purchase a hard copy of "Key of Kilenya," go to http://www.kilenyaseries.com/p/purchase-information.html.

"Huber Hill and the Dead Man's Treasure"by B.K. Bostick

From the publisher:
When his grandfather dies, Huber Hill is devastated—until he opens Grandpa Nick's mysterious box. An old gold coin and directions to a hidden Spanish treasure send him and his friends off on an mind-blowing adventure, but he's not the only one on the hunt. Filled with dangerous animals and cryptic puzzles, this book will have you on the edge of your seat until the last page.

My review:
Huber has a difficult life. A bully picks on him constantly, he can’t attract the attention of the girl he likes, his twin sister makes him look like a weakling, and his parents fight constantly.

Just when he thought things couldn’t get any worse, Huber’s beloved grandfather dies. Huber inherits a map, a journal, and a mysterious gold coin. Huber is soon off on the adventure of a lifetime as he tries to beat a mysterious Spaniard to the treasure.

B.K. Bostick's novel will be a fun and interesting read for both boys and girls. The nonstop action coupled with the realities of life in middle school will keep them reading and wanting more. This book would also be a high-interest book for high school students with disabilities.

The amazing web site created for this novel can be found at http://deadmanstreasure.com/#/home. It has information for educators, games, media, and more.