Category Archives: Middle Grades

The Golden Symbol by Andrea Pearson

The Lorkon are coming for the final battle, but Jacob and his friends must first find the potion recipe hidden by Onyev long ago that will allow them to turn the Lorkon back into humans able to be killed. Once the recipe has been found, they must gather the ingredients and make the potion before the Lorkon arrive.

The Golden Symbol is the sixth and final book in the Kilenya series. It’s action packed and just as exciting as all the others. The writing is excellent and my 8- and 10-year-old sons and I all enjoyed it. Even though I knew how it would turn out, there were times I wasn’t sure the ending would be at all happy. I highly recommend this book and the whole Kilenya series to kids and adults. It makes an excellent family read aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 90
Pages Read in 2017: 24,950
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Reason I Chose It: Bedtime Story for the Boys

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Beowulf: A New Telling by Robert Nye

Beowulf: A New Telling covers most of the saga of Beowulf using easy to understand language. The story is interesting and well-written. I highly recommend it to middle grade age kids studying the middle ages.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 84
Pages Read in 2017: 23,379
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Reason I Chose It: Pre-reading for Cameron & Fritz for Next Year

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Eyes of the Sun by Andrea Pearson

The Lorkon war is coming soon. But first, Jacob must learn to use his eyes and the sun and find the Key of Ayunli and join the Sheingols in defeating Lirone. He also learns just who the female Lorkon is.

Eyes of the Sun is the fifth book in the Kilenya series. It sets up the final installment, putting everything in position for the war with the Lorkon and the attempt to defeat Keitus once and for all. It is very well-written. There are a few minor editing issues spread through the book. My 8- and 10-year-old boys loved this book and so did I. I highly recommend reading it and the whole Kilenya series. It really makes a great family read aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 81
Pages Read in 2017: 22,831
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Reason I Chose It: Bedtime Story for the Boys

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Rise of Keitus by Andrea Pearson

Jacob has gotten good at Traveling so now he, Aloren, and Matt must Travel to Troosinal at the time Dmitri was building up a resistance and Keitus was becoming a Lorkon. Meanwhile, two other groups must go on missions to release people and destroy Molg tunnels.

Rise of Keitus is the fourth book in the Key of Kilenya series. It was just as good as the previous three. If anything, the series is ramping up and getting even more exciting. Some chapters I was pretty nervous about what was going to happen next. Even though it is aimed at middle grade readers, it is “smart” and appeals to adult readers as well. This series really makes an excellent read-aloud. I highly recommend reading Rise of Keitus, but read the first three books first!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 64
Pages Read in 2017: 18,806
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Reason I Chose It: Bedtime Story for the Boys

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August Fortress by Andrea Pearson

Jacob must lead an expedition to August Fortress to free the Shiengols. The path there is loaded with traps set by the Lorkon. This time their senses are lost one by one as they go, making the chance of success very low.

I usually read one chapter a night to the boys. We were down to two chapters and I asked if they wanted me to read both in one night. They very excitedly said yes. I was happy to oblige. It was all I could do not to read ahead on my own. I wanted to know what happened to Jacob and his friends! That the traps caused them to lose their senses one at a time was quite clever. My boys and I enjoyed this one possibly more than the previous two Kilenya books. I very highly recommend reading August Fortress (read the first two books first!). This series makes an excellent read-aloud.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 50
Pages Read in 2017: 15,317
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Reason I Chose It: Bedtime Story for the Boys

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The Ember Gods by Andrea Pearson

Jacob is so incredibly busy between proving himself in basketball, school, extra work in math, fighting lessons, pulling people out of the scented air, planning how to get Aloren out of Maivoryl City, and reading Dmitri’s journal. Now that he has the Key of Kilenya he figures it would be easy to go and get Aloren, but he keeps being told to wait until The Fat Lady’s potion is complete so a group can go all together.

In this second installment of the Key of Kilenya series, The Ember Gods, we got to read about Jacob being pulled between Eklaron and Earth and his two very different lives. He finally learned just why the Makalos kept telling him to finish reading the journal. This book was just as good as the first one. My 8 and 10-year-olds and I all enjoyed it a lot. I highly recommend the entire Key of Kilenya series to both kids and adults. The Ember Gods makes a great family read aloud (but read the first book first!).

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 43
Pages Read in 2017: 12,611
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Reason I Chose It: Bedtime Story for the Boys

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Dmitri by Andrea Pearson

Dmitri returns to the castle to find the Lorkon have attacked and pregnant Princess Arien has been kidnapped. He sets out with his men to find what has happened and encounters several Lorkon elemental traps.

I read Dmitri to my 8 and 10 year old boys after we read the first book in the Key of Kilenya series. It was nice to get a little more information about Dmitri and Princess Arien and what Dmitri was going through when he wrote in the journal Jacob read in the first book. The formatting was a bit annoying (no chapter breaks), but the story itself was great. I highly recommend it to Kilenya fans. It works as a standalone book just as well as reading with the rest of the series.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 32
Pages Read in 2017: 9219
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Reason I Chose It: Bedtime Story for the Boys

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