Fish Finelli Book 2: Operation Fireball By E.S. Farber

fish2Fish Finelli Book 2: Operation Fireball

By E.S. Farber

Illustrated by Jason Beene

177 pages – ages 7+

Published by Chronicle Books on April 1, 2014

Fish Finelli and his friends have to beat the school bully, Bryce Billings, in a boat race, due to a dare made at the end of book one. There is just one problem – that Bryce has a new boat with a 9.9 horsepower (which is the limit for the race) and Fish and his friends have an old whaler with a 5 horsepower motor. Will they beat Bryce?

This was a fun book. I didn’t read book 1, but Ms. Farber brings the reader right up to speed so I totally understood the back-story (As a note, I love it when an author recaps the previous book(s) in a series really well).  Fish is a great character, and I like how he solves his own problems. He is also devoted to sailing and I enjoyed reading about a kid who likes to sail. Ms. Farber has an enjoyable writing style. I love all of the humor she put in the story. I really enjoyed the little fact boxes and diagrams about things in the book. (like some about oysters, planing on a boat, etc.). That was a nice touch. The illustrations scattered in the book were great too. They had a very cool style. After reading this book, I’m going to go back and read the first one in the series. I like a good story. 🙂  This book is a great read for young advanced readers, reluctant readers and kids looking for a fun story!

I give “Operation Fireball” four out of five bookworms.fourbooks

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Categories: Age 6-9

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13 replies

  1. I certainly love the old-fashioned look of the cover with ts muted pastel colours and style of drawing. Great review as ever Erik. I bet you are looking forward to the summer holidays.

  2. I love the sound of this, Erik! You have great taste!

  3. Sounds like my son will like this series. Thanks, Erik! Have you taken a look at Jim Averbeck’s MG “A Hitch at the Fairmont” yet? It just came out.

  4. Glad you enjoyed this one and that you plan to go back and read the first one. I like when a series can be read out of order without too much being lost. 🙂

  5. This looks like a pretty fine little series! I like fishy tales!

  6. This look adorable. I bet it is a great story. Chronicle puts out some of the best chapter books.

  7. The title sounds like a tongue twister. 🙂 Nice book cover too.

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