The Mark of Athena, by Rick Riordan+
The Mark of Athena is about how Annabeth, with her friends, finds the Athena Parthenon. In the beginning, Annabeth and Percy are reunited and Jason is back home. While they are at the Roman demigod camp, Leo is possessed by an eidola who makes him blow up a building. The Romans get mad and chase the Argo II throughout the book. I really like this book because like in all the books you connect with the characters. And you really must have the next book ready because this one ends on a giant cliffhanger.
Bottom line: They get scarier, because the characters go into creepier places, as they progress. I really like them. They are still amazing. This one is for 5th grade and older.
I have added some new rating things. Now if you see a plus sign (+) it means that there is more than one book in the series. Thank you I hope this new improvement will make my blog just that much better! and if you forgot below is the old rating scale with the new thing:
Don’t even think about it: :-<
Bad book: 😦
OK book: :-0
Recommend it: 🙂
Love, love, love: this book: ❤
More than one in the series: + (Up next to the title.)
(Also, the book I am reading right now is very complex and reading more then one book is a good strategy. Unfortunately this book is so complex I will never finish it if I keep trying to read more than one book at a time. So very sorry.)
Forever Rose, by Hilary McKay+
Forever Rose is about an 11 year old girl who lives in England, so her ideas and words and such are different than American. She finds that on most days, she ends up alone in her house. She has three older siblings, but they all have either moved away or are out doing something most of the time. Her father and mother it seems are divorced but you never really find out in this book. Her mother is pretty much always in the garden shed painting. Rose, in the book, is in class six. Which I figured must be like 6th grade; they just use class not grade. She is home alone as usual when she hears a knock on the door and hides behind the couch. Her brother’s friend, David, stops by and he becomes a bit of a problem. Also her friend Molly comes up with a crazy idea that she sadly goes along with. But everything works out in the end.
Bottom line: It’s a great book. I finished it and read it over again, it was so good. I think end of 5th,6th, and early 7th grade are good times to read it. I think people of all ages will like it, but I just think those ages will like it best.
(Thank you to Dr. Nancy Brashear for giving me this book as a gift.)
Mister Max, The Book of Lost Things, by Cynthia Voigt+
At first, Max is sitting with his parents, who are the owners of The Starling Theater Company, and they are eating Sunday breakfast. Max explains that they have Sunday breakfast instead of Sunday dinner because you cannot perform in a matinee on a full stomach. They get a knock on the door, and his father gets a invitation to go to India with Max’s mother. Not including Max. They send another letter to the person that wants them to come to India and said that they would decline if their son does not get a ticket as well. The person says he will give the son a ticket. They decide to go. Max wants one last painting lesson and promises to get to the boat on time. He is on time, but there is no boat with the name that his father said to board! He asks the harbormaster about the boat. The harbormaster says they have never harbored a boat by that name. But Max’s father and mother are gone! He goes to his grandmother’s and tells her. She says he can live with her, but he declines because she cannot pay for him. He becomes independent and learns how to find lost things usually by accident and earns money. He meets many people that help him through. At the end of the book, he uncovers a clue and solution. And he learns where his parents are.
Bottom line: It’s a very good book. It is quite long, but I loved it and I read it in two days. I would say it is for 5th-9th and of course older. It is mysterious and you get to know even the lesser people in the story. It is well written and I really loved it.