Double Review: Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb and Chase Danger Book #2!

Fist I want to tell you to click on over to Susanna Leonard Hill‘s blog because she is having a vote for the best March pitch from “Would You Read it Wednesday!” My revised pitch is there for the chapter book I wrote “The Adventures of Tomato and Pea.” The pitch that wins the vote gets to have it read by a real editor – Erin Molta! Click HERE to go THERE and vote!


Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb

By Ally Malinenko

352 pages – ages 9+

Published by Antenna Books on September 10, 2012

Lizzy S. Speare didn’t know why a bunch of people were angry at her father. First she heard a man who had a weird discussion with her father about her. Then some guy with an eye patch showed up.When the eye patch guy came, Mr. Speare told Lizzy and her best friend, Sammy, to get upstairs. Upstairs, where they think they’re safe, the first guy appears and takes Lizzy and Sammy with him to his castle… in New York City! His name is Jonathan Muse, and he says he helped William Shakespeare with ideas. He says that he was Shakespeare’s Muse, and he is immortal. Lizzy finds out that she is the last living descendant of Shakespeare himself! That isn’t all! The second guy (eye patch guy), Dmitri Marlowe, is a descendant of Kit Marlowe (an English playwright), and has kidnapped Lizzy’s father! Lizzy, Sammy, and Jonathan need to get him back!

The story idea behind this book was excellent! The combination of action and adventure, fantasy, myths and Shakespeare is cool! I liked the Lizzy character a lot. She was nice, and adapted to situations well. She was smart too. The story read pretty well, in a couple of spots I thought it got hung up, but the story kept me totally into the book. I found a couple of editing errors, and the “D” word was used twice, but other than that, the book was good for younger readers. I love the myths the story highlights! I am planning on reading the next book in the series!

I give this book 4 out of 5 bookworms.fourbooks

chasedanger2Chase Danger Super Spy: Pirates of Pineapple Island

by Chad Olivera, Lisa Olivera, and Chase Olivera

Illustrated by Adam Goodman

32 pages -ages 5+

Published by Magic Fire Music Studio in 2012

Chase Danger, seven-year-old super spy is back in an exciting adventure! Chase and Ali Bali (another 7-year-old super spy) fight evil villains together as a great team. Ali Bali’s brother gets kidnapped and Zalezgon’s magical pineapples are stolen by a band of pirates led by Captain Looney. The pirates plan on taking over the world (MWAHAHAHAHA!!!)  and it is up to Chase and Ali Bali to save the day!

I love the graphics in the Chase Danger books! This adventure was awesome too (just like the first, see my review HERE). I think the Chase Danger books has something for every young reader. Plus it comes with a read-along CD so kids who can’t read yet can follow along. The CD is also cool because there is music and sound effects.  The idea of 7-year-old super spies is cool and I love the Chase and Ali Bali characters. The action in the book is exciting enough for older kids, but not too scary for younger kids.

Five out of five bookworms for Chase Danger #2.fivebooks

For more super spy action, visit the Chase Danger website HERE!

Categories: Age 6-9, Age 9+

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17 replies

  1. Good luck with your pitch. Lizzy Speare has a good storyline and plot. I think I’d enjoy it. It’s nice that there is a chpater book like “Chase Danger” for younger kids that is cool. Like the play on words of the protagonist’s name. Good choices.

  2. Good reviews Erik! The Lizzie book has an interesting story. And Chase Danger sounds like a great chapter book for little kids! Thanks and good luck with your pitch!!

  3. Lizzy Speare is currently on our bookshelf – can’t wait to get to it! Thanks for your reviews Erik! 🙂

  4. They both sound awesome and I must get the spy one for Matthew! Thanks, Erik

  5. What a mixture of angles to this story…being the last living descendant of The Bard is a lot to live up to. Hope her prose is good! Lol!

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  7. They both sounds great!

  8. Anything that introduces Shakespeare ingeniously in a children’s book will captivate me. Will look out for these books. Great review, Erik. Your enthusiasm about these two books is infectious.

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