Saturday, May 14, 2016

The League and the Lantern Review and Giveaway

  There are a lot of young adult books out there, but sometimes it is hard to find good books with appropriate topics for preteens/early teens.  The book I get to share with you today was written by a concerned dad who couldn't find quality entertainment for his kids so he wrote his own!  He decided to be a part of the solution to give kids adventure books that also have humor and reinforce character values such as friendship and compassion.

"The League and the Lantern begins when a dangerous organization invades Jake Herndon's seventh-grade sleepover.  He escapes along with two classmates, Lucy and TJ, only to face a 48-hour fight for survival on the streets of Chicago.  the kids unravel a mystery dating back to the Civil War and discover an incredible secret about Jake's family.  Along the way they learn unexpected lessons about courage, and family and friendship"

The League and the Lantern, by Brian Wells, is the first book in an adventure series.  When I finished the book I wished that I had the next one too.  I can't wait to keep reading in this series!

Here are some things I liked:

*The characters were relatable and likable.  Jake is an awkward almost 7th grader who is trying to recover from a horrible and embarrassing 6th grade year.  All 3 of the main characters are kids who don't really fit in to the popular crowd.  I think many readers will be able to relate to that.  I also liked the references to super heroes and classic movies (Princess Bride).

*It was an exciting, fast-paced book.  I didn't want the story to end.

*The author took 140 of the top vocabulary words that middle schoolers need for success and wove them into the book. That might sound boring, but I knew that before starting to read and still did not notice that fact when reading.  It was very well done.

*Every time a book is bought, an identical book is donated to a child who couldn't otherwise afford a copy of their own!

If you want to know more, you need to check out the website,
The website has some fun bonus material including more info on the vocabulary words and where to find the Honest Abe donuts from the story :)  You can also order your own copy of the book there.  Also available on Amazon.

Want to WIN this book?!?   One reader will win a copy of the book, The League and the Lantern.
To win, sign in to the Rafflecopter below.  You can get 1 entry for answering a question and 2 extra entries if you share this giveaway.  Comments are moderated so please do not be concerned if your comment doesn't show up right away.

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
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1 comment:

Pam Goudzwaard said...

I think this book would be a good read for my 13 and 11 year old boys. I'm sure the girls would love to read it also.


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