Conner, Lexa, and Melanie are back! Just when they think life is normal again, a dangerous shadow creature begins to hunt them. The trio must develop their powers in order to conquer this new peril and protect their school. Filled with action and even more magic, this book continues the exciting adventure in the Middle School Magic series. (GoodReads)
Another fun book in the series by Braden Bell. Middle school students
who have already read The Kindling will enjoy this one too. As the story
continues, the kids work to balance not only their newly discovered
capabilities to Kindle which allows them to protect their school, but
also work in time for music rehearsals and auditions for The Sound of
Music. Oh, and don’t forget the budding romance that Conner and Melanie
develop, despite his twin sister Lexa’s jealousy and feelings she’s no
longer part of the group.
The crafting of story and development
of character was much better this time around, something that adult
readers will especially notice. Middle school readers will appreciate
the action scenes galore, although at times I felt like we should have
less action and more understanding of how the characters were feeling.
About halfway through it seemed we were sitting back, watching the
action from the sidelines as event after event was being thrown at us,
almost as though we were watching a highlight reel from this summer’s
But no matter, my students loved The Kindling and
I think they will not only love this one as well, but be anxious for
more, a treat Bell promises us in the final line.
An exciting second book, worthy of being added to the library shelves.(Review copy provided by NetGalley)
Monday, July 22, 2013
Monday, July 8, 2013
Book Giveaway Jun 29 to July 16
(See details at the end of the interview below)
I have the pleasure of welcoming author Anna del C. Dye to my blog today. Anna and I first met on a panel of self-published authors at the LTUE (Life, the Universe and Everything) conference at Utah Valley University two years ago. I was delighted with Anna’s easy-going personality and the inroads she had already made in the Indie market. I was also impressed with the life story she had to tell, so much so that I brought her to Payson Jr. High this past year to give a presentation to our Latinos in Action group, ESL and Spanish classes, a presentation I highly recommend. Both teachers and students loved it, and they loved Anna. Her books have surged in popularity among this group after meeting her and feeling of her love for both them and the written word.
Also, I’ll be adding my review of Anna’s book to this blog in the next few weeks. Thanks again!