Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex by Carole P. Roman

Join Grady Whill and his friends on an exciting adventure that feels like Harry Potter meets the Fantastic Four.

In Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex, everyone is talking about Templeton Academy, the new superhero high school. Recruiting only the best of the best, Grady is certain he will never get in. When his best friend, Aarush Patel is selected, he assures Grady he has the right stuff. Even the school bully, Elmwood Bledsoe, is attending. As Grady and his friends embark upon this mysterious adventure, they hope to discover the knowledge of the power within.

I was a huge superhero fan as a kid–comic books and Saturday morning cartoons. I was Spider Woman one year for Halloween. ๐Ÿ™‚ So, when I heard about this new series by Carole P. Roman, I knew I had to read the first book.

Roman did so many things well in this novel. You have the mysterious, supernatural Templeton Academy, which is like a character itself, and the dilemma of Grady trying to figure out why Uncle Leo doesn’t want him to attend the school and having a feeling it all ties into part of his family’s past. And where I feel Roman truly excelled is creating the world of a teenager, even if that world is placed in some mysterious school where kids have to learn the secrets of the Codex. Grady’s bully winds up at the same special school as he does. Where Grady is unsure of himself, Elmwood is overly confident. He is attracted to Pari, Aarush’s cousin, who attends school with them. All the things an everyday teen would cope with, Grady must endure.

Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex features a diverse group of well-developed characters. Whether they are part of Grady’s friend group, antagonists, or school staff, the author created a unique bunch of characters that all played a great role in the story.

After this strong and engaging series debut, I am eager to follow more of Grady’s story. Let’s hope it is on the way soon!

Rating: ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  • ASIN โ€ : โ€Ž B0B4T6PWPH
  • Publisher โ€ : โ€Ž Chelshire, Inc.; 1st edition (July 18, 2022)
  • Publication date โ€ : โ€Ž July 18, 2022
  • Language โ€ : โ€Ž English
  • File size โ€ : โ€Ž 3349 KB
  • Text-to-Speech โ€ : โ€Ž Enabled
  • Screen Reader โ€ : โ€Ž Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting โ€ : โ€Ž Enabled
  • X-Ray โ€ : โ€Ž Not Enabled
  • Word Wise โ€ : โ€Ž Enabled
  • Print length โ€ : โ€Žย 267 pages

I received a free digital copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

First Chapter Review: The Backyard Secrets of Danny Wexler by Karen Pokras

This First Chapter Review is from a book the author’s publisher sent me back when it first came out in 2021. I am a little late in getting to it. ๐Ÿ™‚

BLURB: Eleven-year-old Danny Wexler, the only Jewish boy in his blue-collar town during the late 1970s, is obsessed with the Bermuda Triangle. When a local child goes missing, Danny’s convinced it’s connected to an old Bermuda Triangle theory involving UFOs. With his two best friends and their Spacetron telescope, Danny heads to his backyard to investigate. But hunting for extraterrestrials is complicated, and it doesn’t help that his friend Nicholas’s mom doesn’t want her son hanging out with a Jewish boy. Equipped with his super-secret spy notebook, Danny sets out to fight both the aliens and the growing anti-Semitism in the town, in hopes of mending his divided community.

COVER: What a fun cover. Perfect for the genre. Love the vibrant font colors.

FIRST CHAPTER: Danny’s story starts with him contemplating how true is Alice’s declaration that his piano teacher is a spider. His older sister insists it is and Danny likes to investigate things.

KEEP READING: Definitely! I requested this book because it was set during my childhood. I also like mysteries and have read books by the author before, so I knew I wanted to read it. The interaction between Danny and Alice is funny. Danny’s rambling thoughts about his piano teacher being a spider, how he wound up taking piano lessons in the first place, and his family’s relationship–or lack their of–with their faith makes for an engaging read that I want to dive into. I hope to finish this while on vacation, but I can tell you that I have scheduled a lot into my vacation already. Fingers crossed.

  • Publisher โ€ : โ€Žย Kar-Ben Publishing ยฎ (November 1, 2021)
  • Language โ€ : โ€Žย English
  • Paperback โ€ : โ€Žย 248 pages
  • ISBN-10 โ€ : โ€Žย 1728412951
  • ISBN-13 โ€ : โ€Žย 978-1728412955
  • Reading age โ€ : โ€Žย 8 – 13 years
  • Grade level โ€ : โ€Žย 3 – 7

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher. This First Chapter Review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Sons of the Sphinx by Cheryl Carpinello

An enthralling, action-packed adventure through time awaits you in Sons of the Sphinx by Cheryl Carpinello.

Is seeing dead people a gift or a curse? Fifteen-year-old Rosa is certain it’s the latter. When the ghost of King Tut asks for her help in finding his lost queen, Hesena, Rosa finds herself traveling through different time periods in ancient Egypt pursued by Horemheb who, with the help of evil magic, is determined to stop her.

Wow! What a wild ride. From beginning to end, this is a story of love, adventure, and danger. Carpinello does a fine job in creating Rosa, whose gift interferes with normal life. Her connection to Tut and Hesena may go deeper than even she realizes. The author created a thrilling story where the danger kept building into a final showdown that leaves the reader breathless. Her attention to detail and historical knowledge draw the reader in just as much as the plot.

Sons of the Sphinx is a fabulous tale that lovers of ancient history, time travel stories, and the paranormal will enjoy.

Rating: ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Publisher โ€ : โ€Ž CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 29, 2014)
  • Language โ€ : โ€Ž English
  • Paperback โ€ : โ€Ž 182 pages
  • ISBN-10 โ€ : โ€Ž 1500554936
  • ISBN-13 โ€ : โ€Ž 978-1500554934
  • ASIN โ€ : โ€Žย B00MVGC96Y
  • Publisher โ€ : โ€Žย Silver Quill Publishing (October 10, 2014)
  • Publication date โ€ : โ€Žย October 10, 2014

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Kyle & Corey and the Game Store Mystery by Joe Stephens

Looking for a fun, adventure-filled mystery? You’ll find it in Kyle & Corey and the Game Store Mystery by Joe Stephens.

Kyle and Corey are brothers who are as different as they come. In typical brotherly fashion, they fight a lot, but they also have a knack for solving crimes. When their town of Fairly Springs experiences a rash of robberies, the boys are quick to investigate. The one thing all the crimes have in common is that each family that was robbed has a college-age son and high-end desktop computers are stolen. In between Corey’s sports tryouts and Kyle’s job at the local video game store, they work to put together the pieces of the puzzle before more robberies occur.

A fan of mysteries since my childhood, I grabbed a copy of this one as soon as I could. What a fun read! Two brothers working together to solve crime in their hometown in the middle of having regular teen (Kyle) and pre-teen (Corey) challenges makes for a great story. My son is a gamer, so I best connected to how Kyle’s storyline unfolded.

What I enjoyed about Stephens’ work is that he dropped just the right amount of clues to move the story along. It was an easy and engaging read from beginning to end. Though I had figured out most of the pieces before I got there, I still felt satisfied once the story concluded.

The reader will also find a preview from the second book in the Kyle & Corey Mystery series included. I’m glad there will be future adventures for these two brothers. I look forward to more!

Rating: ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Read an excerpt

โ€œWanna have a catch outside?โ€ Corey said after a minute. โ€œBefore it gets too

dark?โ€

โ€œI guess,โ€ Kyle said without enthusiasm.

โ€œHomework, Corey?โ€

โ€œItโ€™s Friday night, Mom. Canโ€™t you chill out? Besides, I did it in school.โ€

โ€œYou always say you do it in schoolโ€”then I get your report cards and they say

you havenโ€™t turned it in.โ€

โ€œThey must be losing it, then. Iโ€™m doing it.โ€

Mrs. Holley shook her head. She knew Corey and knew that nagging him

about it was hopeless. โ€œClear the table before you go.โ€

โ€œYes, maโ€™am.โ€ Corey cleared the plates, glasses and silverware, put the

napkins and salt and pepper shakers in the kitchen, and covered the leftover

food. Without being prompted, Kyle wiped down the table, the counter and the

stove, and swept the floor.

Mrs. Holley watched through the sliding glass door as they hurried outside. As

always, any sport absorbed Corey, but baseball was his favorite. He pitched for

the local rec department team for most of the year, and hoped theyโ€™d eventually

add a travel league. For his sake, she hoped so, too.

Outside, Corey and Kyle pulled on their baseball gloves and lobbed the ball

back and forth across the wide backyard. โ€œSo whatโ€™s our next case?โ€ Corey

asked. โ€œItโ€™s been a long time since summer.โ€

Kyle snorted. โ€œThat was a one-off, dude. It wonโ€™t happen again. They do have

a police force here, you know.โ€

โ€œBut we were great together! Bet we could make something happen again.โ€

โ€œIf we do, the copsโ€™ll be after our butts, for sure. They didnโ€™t like it when we

made them look bad by catching those bank-fraud guys.โ€

โ€œIf weโ€™re catching crooks, who cares if itโ€™s us or them?โ€

โ€œThey care. Theyโ€™re the ones paid to do it.โ€

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Pre-Order Now: The Backyard Secrets of Danny Wexler by Karen Pokras

Eleven-year-old Danny Wexler, the only Jewish boy in his blue-collar town during the late 1970s, is obsessed with the Bermuda Triangle. When a local child goes missing, Danny’s convinced it’s connected to an old Bermuda Triangle theory involving UFOs. With his two best friends and their Spacetron telescope, Danny heads to his backyard to investigate. But hunting for extraterrestrials is complicated, and it doesn’t help that his friend Nicholas’s mom doesn’t want her son hanging out with a Jewish boy. Equipped with his super-secret spy notebook, Danny sets out to fight both the aliens and the growing anti-Semitism in the town, in hopes of mending his divided community.

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Karen Pokras is a writer, daisy lover, and occasional baker. Always an avid reader, Karen found her passion for writing later in life and now runs all of her stories past the furry ears of her two feline editorial assistants before anyone else. A native of Connecticut, Karen is the proud mom to three brilliant children who still provide an endless stream of great book material.  She lives with her family outside of Philadelphia. โ€‹

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