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Book Review: On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson

I wrote this review for my school newspaper: On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness is an amazing book. It is written by Christian author, singer, and songwriter Andrew Peterson. I recommend it to children and adults of all ages. The main characters are Janner, age 12, Tink, age 11, and Leeli, age nine. Their last name is Igiby… or so they think. They live with their mother, Nia, and ex-pirate grandfather, Podo Helmer. They believe they are normal children. They live in the small town of Glipwood, in the world of Aerwiar. Aerwiar is full of strange and creepy animals, such as bomnubbles, snickbuzzards, and toothy cows. All three of the children have a different gift that their mother has helped them develop throughout their lives: Janner can read and write very skillfully; Tink is talented at drawing and painting and the like; and Leeli is gifted in the musical arts. They will need all of their gifts to survive the evil pursuit of the venomous Fangs of Dang, who have crossed the Dark Sea to search for the Jewels of Anniera. On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness is written with much imagination, cleverly pulling together many things that make a good story, such as tragedy, love, loss, adventure, secrets, family, betrayal  and many others.

Sequels: North! Or Be Eaten, The Monster in the Hollows, The Warden and the Wolf King (available 2013)

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Book Review: Real Life Series by Nancy Rue

Nancy Rue is one of my favorite authors of all time. I’ve read all of her tween books and this series is for teens. I loved these books!

Motorcycles, Sushi, and One Strange Book is about Jessie Hatcher. She lives with her mother, who has “In-Bed” and “No-Bed” phases. When  Jessie’s mother is taken to the hospital, Jessie must go to live with her father in Florida. With the help of a strange book and an unexpected friend, Jessie might be able to find a normal life.

Boyfriends, Burritos, and an Ocean of Trouble is about Bryn O’Connor. On the outside, she seems happy and content, but when it is revealed that her boyfriend, Preston, is abusing her, she must remain brave in the face of threats. It seems that she is being betrayed at every turn. An odd little book shows up. It, along with her visiting grandmother, will give her courage to stand up to Preston in court.

Tournaments, Cocoa, and One Wrong Move is about Cassidy Brewster. She is an amazing basketball player, but injures herself during the state tournament. She goes to desperate measures in order to be healed quickly, but is caught and thrown off the team. When everyone she knows loses their trust in her she turns to a peculiar brown leather book for answers.

Limos, Lattes, and My Life on the Fringe is about Tyler Bonning. She and her friends are the outcasts of her high school. When she’s nominated as prom queen, she feels hurt and betrayed. She decides to turn it into a campaign that will make prom affordable for everyone. Help comes from unexpected places. When an accident involving one of Tyler’s friends happens, she seeks comfort from a weird leather book.

I hope you read these books!!!

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Filed under Ages 10-12, Ages 13-15, Ages 15+, Books I Loved, Contemporary