Monday, March 10, 2014

Science Fiction Book for Kids

Thought I would go with Science Fiction this Monday morning.  The book I am profiling today brings in some of the Star Wars elements - alien races, battles in space and a machine that transforms planets.  But what sets this one apart is the nonstop action.  Hold on to your hat because this is a twenty four hours were anything can happen.  Also, check out the cool book trailer below!

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Title:       The Planet Thieves

Author:   Dan Krokos

Target:    Grades 4-6

Series:     This is the first book in a planned series

What this book is about:
Mason Stark is a cadet traveling on a formidable spaceship, the Egypt, which is patrolling space.  However, when they encounter a foreign ship, things take a turn for the worse.  The Tremists are an alien race who have been at war with humans for sixty years.  The Tremists manage to steel a machine from the humans which will change the course of the war, and only Mason and his fellow cadets are left on board the Egypt to save the human race.

Why I love this book:
This book was an enjoyable read for kids who like science fiction.  To say there is non stop action would be an understatement.  This story goes from battle to battle to ... dare I say it ... battle!  In fact if I think the book has one major flaw it would be that all the events seem to happen in one day, which felt completely off to me.  However, I don’t think kids will notice in the slightest.

While the story does lack the sophistication of Ender’s Game or Roar, it is a fun ride for kids who like this genre.  I read somewhere it was a mix between Ender’s Game and Star Wars, and I do think that is an accurate description! 

Who this book is for:
Well, kids who liked Ender’s Game and who like action will be well served by this story.

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: The Planet Thieves  A portion of each purchase will go back to this blog at no cost to you.

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