Kid’s Corner Book Review: Hour of the Olympics

Book Review

Hour of the Olympics: Magic Tree House Book 16

By Mary Pope Osborne

StarReader gives it 5 Stars

No girls allowed at the Olympic Games! That’s the rule when the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to ancient Greece. But when Annie tells jack to go to the games without her, he knows she’s up to something. Will Annie find a way to see the games? Or will she get herself—and Jack—into Olympic-size trouble? Find out in Hour of the Olympics.

I read a book called Hour of the Olympics, Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne. The book is good because it talks about life in Ancient Greece.

Jack and Annie travel to Ancient Greece in a magic tree house and find themselves in the middle of the Olympics. When Annie finds out that the law states girls aren’t allowed in the Olympics, she was determined to get in.

I enjoyed how this book was adventurous. I also liked how the book gave facts about Ancient Greek and the Greek gods.
This book is also perfect for a bedtime story. The chapters are fairly short.
The Magic Tree House Series is a great series to read. I do enjoy when they go in the tree house and go back in time.

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Kid’s Corner Book Review: The Bronze Bow

Book Review by ReadyReaderOne

The Bronze Bow

By Elizabeth George Spear

5 Stars

5 out of 5 stars 

He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. –from the Song of David (2 Samuel 22:35)
The Bronze Bow, written by Elizabeth George Speare (author of The Witch of Blackbird Pond) won the Newbery Medal in 1962. This gripping, action-packed novel tells the story of eighteen-year-old Daniel bar Jamin—a fierce, hotheaded young man bent on revenging his father’s death by forcing the Romans from his land of Israel. Daniel’s palpable hatred for Romans wanes only when he starts to hear the gentle lessons of the traveling carpenter, Jesus of Nazareth. A fast-paced, suspenseful, vividly wrought tale of friendship, loyalty, the idea of home, community . . . and ultimately, as Jesus says to Daniel on page 224: “Can’t you see, Daniel, it is hate that is the enemy? Not men. Hate does not die with killing. It only springs up a hundredfold. The only thing stronger than hate is love.” A powerful, relevant read in turbulent times.

The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare was very thought provoking.  

I highly recommend this book for readers who can dig deeper than just the surface story.

A Jewish boy, name Daniel, has a hatred for the Romans because of an incident that happened to his parents. This hatred leads to him making selfish decisions. He meets two people who become great friends and make a vow to defeat the Romans who have infiltrated their town.

Daniel later meets a man who preaches in the synagogue about love and this makes Daniel confused. Daniel has to learn that fighting is not the solution to his problems. 

This story teaches that getting even isn’t the way to become free. Love is more powerful than hate. My favorite character, Daniel, has an anger problem like me and he overcomes his problems which helped me see mine.

Kid’s Corner Book Review: Detectives in Togas

Book Review

Detectives in Togas

By: Henry Winterfeld

ReadyReaderOne says: 5/5 stars

In these two delightful history-mysteries, seven boys in Ancient Rome solve strange crimes . . . thanks to some help from their cranky teacher, a little bit of logic, and a lot of amusing misadventure.

Yes, Rufus wrote CAIUS IS A DUMBBELL on his tablet at school, but no, he did not break into the schoolroom, did not tie up his teacher, and certainly did not paint his slur about Caius on the Temple of Minerva (even if it is in Rufus’s own handwriting). Rufus is doomed unless his six classmates can find out who is really responsible. Every hour seems to bring a new, confusing clue . . . until the boys finally stumble upon someone who is not what he appears to be.

If you like mystery books along with roman culture and with a little bit of humor, you will like this book, Detectives in Togas, by Henry Winterfeld.

This is my favorite because it puts three of my favorite things together. This book takes a group of friends and turns them into detectives to solve a great mystery.

I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to read book number two: Mystery of the Roman Ransom.