GEEKS, GIRLS AND SECRET IDENTITIES by Mike Jung

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Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities by Mike Jung

MY REVIEW:

12-year-old Vincent Wu is the unofficial president of the “unofficial” Captain Stupendous Fan Club which consists of exactly three members . Unofficially, Vincent is a geek. Officially, Vincent is about to try to save the world! Of course, secretly crushing on the spunky Polly Winnicott-Lee can only make the job that much harder.

Vincent is assisted in his adventures by his friends (and fellow fan club members) George and Max who spend nearly as much time busting each other’s chops (and Vincent’s) as they do helping each other out. Clearly, the three of them are the best of friends.

Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities is a fantastic middle grade debut from author, Mike Jung, that’s packed with adventure and full of surprises. It’s a story about friendship, secrets (the good kind!), bravery and doing what’s right even when everyone says it’s time to give up and let the grown-ups take charge.

The voice of Vincent Wu really carries the story. It sets the tone from page one, preparing you to enter a world where “Stupendous Alerts” about the latest evil villain attack are commonplace, and where kids everywhere rush to the scene to cheer on Captain Stupendous (the reigning superhero in Copperplate City) as he Corkscrews, Whirligigs, and Meteor Strikes his way to victory! Captain Stupendous can not only fly, he has super strength, he’s impervious to all known attacks, and he’s always around when you need him. Well, almost always…

You’ll have to pick up a copy yourself to find out why.

You won’t be disappointed!

 

THE BLURBS:

“A snappy, hilarious adventure set in a world I would love to live in. Clever, fun and full of surprises.” ~ Michael Buckley, author of NEEDS

“Jung’s novel is a hilarious twist on the classic superhero story! Giant robots, hidden lairs, middle-school crushes and uber-fanboys combine to make one stupendous debut!” ~ Matthew Cody, author of POWERLESS

“Fast-paced, suspenseful and downright hilarious. Mike Jung gets the details of the comics world exactly right. Readers will love the surprising twists and turns.” ~ H.N. Kowitt, author of THE LOSER LIST

“Wow! Superheroes, Supervillans, geeks on bikes, a stinky swamp, real friends, deep dark secrets, shattering windows, BIG decisions…and everything else that matters!!” ~ Kathleen Duey, author of SKIN HUNGER

 

THE AUTHOR:

Mike Jung

“Mike Jung is an active blogger, parent, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators member, and library professional. He lives in Oakland, California with his wife and two young children. This is his first novel.”

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(This book review was originally posted at KidLit Network.)


The Shadows by Jacqueline West

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The Shadows by Jacqueline WestThe Shadows (The Books of Elsewhere #1) by Jacqueline West

My rating: 4 of 5 stars!

I love Olive Dunwoody!

Eleven-year-old Olive has recently moved into a new house with her loving, but slightly clueless, mathematician parents. While they’re off being grown-ups, Olive is busy discovering there’s more to their new home than meets the eye. Measuring up in equal parts of cleverness, bravery and innocence, Olive slowly learns their new home has some dangerous old secrets.

With the help of a pair of unique spectacles, Olive soon discovers she’s able to travel into the many unusual paintings hanging around the house. And she makes some very interesting new friends along they way. In order to save her family and herself from the evil resulting from the series of events she has unwittingly initiates herself, Olive is forced to face some of her own worst fears and then to try and overcome them.

The Shadows features an engaging plotline with characters and descriptions that being the story to life. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing where else the Elsewhere books will take us. And Olive, of course!

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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

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Where The Mountain Meets The Moon by Grace LinWhere the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Beautifully written and elegantly woven, like the Old Man of the Moon’s red threads of destiny, the story of Minli’s quest to change her family’s fortune takes her on an incredible journey of child-like mystery and self-discovery.

Reminiscent of The King of Ireland’s Son, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a delicate weaving together of many stories into a single tapestry of magic, hope, friendship and thankfulness. Simply told and powerfully experienced this is definitely my vote for our next family read-aloud.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is the winner of the 2010 Newbery Honor and the 2010 Josette Frank Award.

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