*Disclosure: I received a copy of Red Shirt Kids in exchange for my honest review. In posting a review, I also have the opportunity to win an amazon.com gift card. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own.
Sixth-graders Mike and Amy must learn to use their special powers to save other children
Mike and Amy Smith are nervous about moving from their nice house in Boston to a dilapidated old mansion in Falton, New Hampshire. They know they'll have to start the sixth and seventh grade not knowing anyone, and their new house is just plain creepy.
While searching their dusty attic, Mike and Amy uncover an old wooden chest with a mysterious lock. Inside, they find magical red shirts that give them special powers. Together with a new friend, Sam, Mike and Amy must figure out how to harness their newfound gifts while keeping them secret from their parents. As their powers grow, they begin a search for two kids who had gone missing in the summer, pitting them against a powerful adversary with mystical powers of his own. Will Mike and Amy be able to unlock the ancient mystery of the shirts? And will they be able to find the missing children before it is too late?
About the Authors:
Kim B. Clark is the former dean of Harvard Business School, and is the president of Brigham Young University-Idaho. He and his wife live in Rexburg, Idaho.
I have been reading Red Shirt Kids to my kids and it is definitely a page turner! Each chapter leaves you hanging and wanting to read the next. We've been having a terrible time (in a good way) stopping our reading time so the kids can get to bed! I always hear "One more chapter, pleeeeaassse!" and, of course, I want to keep reading too, but I have to be the adult and get the kids to bed. ;-)
We only have a few chapters left to read, but so far I really enjoy that the majority of chapters are short. I love how the plot just keeps getting thicker and the mystery of it all is just exciting. There are good values mixed within all the excitement too that I can tell the kids are picking up on.
The only thing that I don't care for are the words that we don't allow in our house and I have to either change them as I'm reading, or I stop and tell the kids how those words are not nice. There was also an instance where boys were giving each other 'the finger', which I didn't care for. The instances where these are all used tend to be the 'bad' kids in the book though, so it's not being portrayed as 'okay' or 'good'.
Red Shirt Kids is written for kids aged 8-12 and is 192 pages. The book can be purchased on Amazon.com for $13.67 (Hardcover), or $8.69 for the Kindle.
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