September 24, 2013

{Red Shirt Kids Book Review and $75 Amazon Giftcard Giveaway!}

About the Book:
Mike and Amy Smith are nervous about moving from their nice house in Boston to 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 new found 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?
And now for our review:
The day the book arrived, I opened it and thought I would read just a few pages to get an idea of what the book was about.  I could tell this was a book that both of the younger kids would like, so I planned on having Tucker read the book first, then Daddy and I would take turns reading it to Gracie.
As soon as Tucker started reading, Gracie kept wandering in his room and asking about the book with "pirate chest" on it. You can guess what happened next right?  Yep, she is quite persistent, and he loves to read, so he ended up reading the book to her. 
Tucker actually read the book in 2 evenings. His first comment after finishing the book was "is there another book, is it a series?"  As much as he likes to read, I knew he liked the book with just that one comment ;) His said it was fun to read and each time he thought he knew what was going to happen, something changed and the story went in a different direction.
In reading the book to Gracie he read chapters over a weeks time. She liked that Mike & Amy had magic powers when they wore the red shirts, especially the shirt that made Mike invisible.
I would place the book in the  7-12 year old category, but it definitely captured a 4 year-old's attention too.
And now for the fun part!!!  Enter to win a $75 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!
**Disclosure: I was provided a copy of this book for review.  Any and all opinions are our own.
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Miriam Prantner said...

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for sharing - we're going to check this out!

Ashley Horton said...

Sounds like a great book Mary Ann!! I am still working on getting the 2nd Grader to like reading and we are finally making a little progress!

Pam said...

Sounds like a really good book. Thanks for sharing. I might have to read it myself LOL

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This sounds like a great book!!!

{VICKI} said...

THANKS for the chance!

Connie said...

My kids love to read!!