Wednesday, August 14, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: JANUARY JOKER


JANUARY JOKER
Ron Roy
Random House
2009

Available: paperback, Library, audible

Twins Bradley and Brian Pinto are hosting a sleep over for two of their friends, Lucy and Nate. Something wakes Bradley up in the middle of the night. Outside, there are strange lights in his back yard and he thinks he sees aliens.
He wakes up the others, but there's nothing for the other kids to see. The next morning they investigate and find two sets of strange tracks in the snow. Plus their dog and pony have disappeared. Have the aliens taken them? Next they discover the twins brother, Lucy's cousin and Nate's sister have disappeared too.
This is the first book in the early reader Calendar Mystery series. The younger kids are related to the characters in the A-Z mystery series. The story moves along fast. Each chapter ends with a cliffhanger. There's enough humor, detecting and lively dialogue to entertain the young reader.

Target audience : Grades 3-6
Mystery /suspense: Age appropriate
Kid appeal: younger readers



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