Book Review: Bobby Ether and The Academy by R. Scott Boyer

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fantasy

Age Recommended: 11 and up


Bobby Ether and The Academy was a great book. I loved the storyline where a person seemed nice, then was portrayed as evil, and then turned out to be nice. The writing style of the author was interesting because the focus of the chapters changed often.

Bobby Ether is a boy who has “miraculous” abilities. He is at his basketball game when he shoots and the ball is too far away from the basket to make it. Somehow, Bobby envisions the ball going into the basket, and he makes the shot.

Bobby becomes a celebrity, and everybody wants to hangout with him. Soon after the celebrations, he is in the boys locker room when a lady, Cassandra,  approaches him and tells him that he has special abilities.

She drives Bobby to his house and he learns that there are ways to learn how to control his abilities. Some people come to Bobby’s house looking for him and Cassandra tells him that they must flee.

Cassandra drives Bobby to a safe location and shows him his range of powers. However, the information is too much for Bobby to handle and he runs away.

Bobby is taken in by people at a place called the Academy where he is to learn about how to use his powers. Bobby is heartbroken when he finds out that a car crash has killed his parents.

The Headmistress of the Academy tells Bobby that Cassandra had ordered his parents to be killed. While Bobby is there, figuring out how to plot revenge, he unlocks a generation old mystery and discovers a secret that could ruin his life…

Book Review: The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind by William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer; Illustrations by Elizabeth Zunon

Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars

Genre: Non-Fiction

Age Recommended: 10 and up


The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind is an amazing book of survival and sacrifice. It shows how when you put your mind to it, anything is possible. This book is a biography about William Kamkwamba and the lengths that he goes to to provide electricity for his family.

The book starts when William is about my age (12) and goes on until he is about 22. This book takes one through his life story of creativity, courage and determination against all odds.

William lives in a rural village with his family that has limited means. William is forced to drop out of school when they do not have enough money to pay for his school fees. There is no electricity in the village, and even if William checks books out from the library, the only time to read the book is after dark when he is done helping his father with work.

William wants electricity but has no way to have some, so he decides to create some himself by building a windmill. He reads many science books and tries to make a windmill from the trash in the junkyard since his family cannot afford the materials. The villagers call William a madman and his parents are also starting to worry. Will William succeed and be able to provide electricity for his village?

Book review: I Survived #9, I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944 by Lauren Tarshis

Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars

Genre: Historical Fiction

Age Recommended: 8 and up


I wish that this book could have been longer because it was very well written and the story was gripping. The plot was amazing because the book started right with action and it was a page turner.

Max, a Jew in the midst of German soldiers has to find a way to escape. When his and his sister’s lives are in danger, he must figure out how to flee. The soldiers roam town looking for Jews, and as soon as any are found, they are shot dead.

Max and his sister escape, but soon after, they are found by friends. They get reunited with their aunt, but find out that she is part of a secret organization that blows up German trains carrying supplies. Max and his sister are now caught in that net…

Can Max save his life, his sister’s life, and find a way to fight for Jews?

If you’d like to read this book, you can buy it here: I Survived #9: I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944