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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
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (more book reviews!)
Reason I Chose It: Bedtime Story for the Boys

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Lucky Man by Michael J. Fox

Being diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s changed Michael J. Fox’s life, and not all bad. In fact, he thinks of himself as lucky because in many ways, by pushing him to turn his life around, his diagnosis saved his life. Lucky Man is mostly the story of his Parkinson’s diagnosis and coming to terms with it. He is very honest about his partying, issues in his marriage, and his anger over his body betraying him. It’s an excellent read for any Michael J. Fox fan.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 85
Pages Read in 2017: 23,661
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (more book reviews!)
Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (L in PEARL)

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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
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (more book reviews!)
Reason I Chose It: Pre-reading for Cameron & Fritz for Next Year

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Summer Baby by Beth Labonte

Summer and Graham are finally having a baby! Her parents live nearby and his parents are up from Florida and typical hilarity ensues.

The Summer books are all lots of fun and Summer Baby is no exception. It reads fast and is an excellent mind vacation. I highly recommend reading it!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 83
Pages Read in 2017: 23,265
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (more book reviews!)
Reason I Chose It: I like the Summer series

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Stories of Beowulf Told to Children by H.E. Marshall

The saga of Beowulf is pretty amazing and Stories of Beowulf Told to Children tells some of the stories in a way that young children can read and understand while still preserving the spirit of the original. This is a great book for anyone studying the middle ages.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 82 (this book is not counted toward annual total)
Pages Read in 2017: 23,153
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (more book reviews!)
Reason I Chose It: Pre-reading for Adrian for Next School Year

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The Jewel Thief by Andrea Pearson

Carter and Ridge are no longer friends, but they both still remember the spell to bring people back even though they’ve given the book back to Aldo. In The Jewel Thief, the second book in the Ranch City Academy series, Ridge brings back a jewel thief and Carter has to figure out how to stop him. My 8- and 10-year-old boys really enjoyed the book. It’s very short and simple and a quick read even for an elementary schooler reading to themselves.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 82 (this book is not counted toward annual total)
Pages Read in 2017: 23,080
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (more book reviews!)
Reason I Chose It: Figured the Boys Would Like It

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Bezza’s Book of Enchantments by Andrea Pearson

Carter and Ridge discover a spell to temporarily bring back people from the dead. The person can only stay for enough time to complete a specific task and cannot do anything other than what they were brought back to do. In Bezza’s Book of Enchantments , the first book, they bring back Nikolaus Kraft to help them with an oral report. I figured my 8- and 10-year-old boys would like it and I was totally right. They got really excited when they recognized two of the characters (from the Kilenya series). The story is very short and simple. It’s absolutely perfect for reading to kids or to give to an elementary schooler to read.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 82 (this book is not counted toward annual total)
Pages Read in 2017: 23,045
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (more book reviews!)
Reason I Chose It: Figured the Boys Would Like It

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