Kid’s Corner Book Review: The Sword in the Tree

Book Review

The Sword in the Tree

by: Clyde Robert Bulla
ReadyReaderOne says: 3 stars
StarReader says: 5 Stars

In the days of King Arthur there stood a mighty oak tree within the walls of a castle. Peace reigned in the castle until the fearsome night when Lionel, longlost brother of Lord Weldon, returned to cause trouble and unhappiness.

It was then that Shan, the son of Lord Weldon, took on the duties of a knight and hid the sword in the hollow of the giant oak. The days that followed were filled with adventures that tried the courage of the young boy.

Shan was surprised by bearded robbers in the woods. He met noble knights in plumed helmets, and eventually he even made a trip to high-towered Camelot. His story is filled with the pageantry and color of England in King Arthur’s time. It creates a vivid picture of the Knights of the Round Table and the wisdom of King Arthur himself.

Mr. Bulla captures the spirit of those romantic days in a straightforward, exciting manner. The result is another delightful book for his wide audience of young readers. Paul Galdone’s vigorous illustrations are as evocative as the text.

ReadyReaderOne says:

This book, The Sword in The Tree, by Clyde Robert Bulla, is a great read.

The book was filled with adventures, sword fights, castles, kings and knights in shining armor. Although I would have liked more, I do recommend it for younger kids who like knights and castles.

StarReader says:

The Sword and the Tree is about a boy who saves a kingdom. I especially liked the part when the robbers showed a little kindness to Shan and his mom.

This book is filled with excitement, surprises, and sword fights. This is a great book for kids who like knights, battles, and saving the day.

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.