We asked some Time For Kids kid reporters to weigh in on summer’s hottest new books.
BOOK: “Kimchi & Calamari,” by Rose Kent
GENRE: Fiction, 220 pages BASIC STORYLINE: This book is about a 14-year-old adopted Korean boy named Joseph, who is stuck in the middle of what he calls an “ethnic sandwich.” He feels caught between his Korean heritage and his Italian-American family. When Joseph is asked to do a report on his ancestors, things start getting a little complicated. The issue is that he wants to know more about his birth family, but his parents want him to do the report on their family.
WERE THE CHARACTERS BELIEVABLE? The characters were definitely believable because they experience situations that happen in real life. As kids read this book, they will be able to say, “I have been there” or “I have done that,” whether it is dealing with a little sister, or perhaps cheating on a school assignment.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS BOOK?Yes! From middle school mishaps to family struggles, readers are bound to find something that they can relate to. Anyone who enjoys a book about real-life situations would definitely love “Kimchi & Calamari.”
ANY CONS ABOUT THE BOOK? “Kimchi & Calamari” is one of those books that is pretty much impossible to put down. In fact, at the end of the book, I was not ready to quit reading! My only complaint is that the ending is very sudden and leaves many questions unexplained.
RATE ON A SCALE OF 1 TO 10 (10 BEING BEST): I would give this book a 9. It has many great descriptions and relatable moments, but the ending leaves you with some unanswered questions. – Kennedy Ficks
BOOK: “Solomon Snow and the Silver Spoon,” by Kaye Umansky
GENRE: Fiction, 289 pages
BASIC STORYLINE: The book is about a rich boy, who, when he is a baby, gets left on the steps of a poor house. He slaves away each day for Ma and Pa Scubbins’ Laundry Service. Then one day he sets off to find his parents. His only clue is the silver spoon that Pa Scubbins pawned in town. Along the way, he meets some pretty strange people.
WERE THE CHARACTERS BELIEVABLE? I think the main character was believable because he was just an ordinary boy who was off to find something that some people may take for granted, their parents.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS BOOK? I would recommend this book because it has something for everyone: adventure, happiness, sadness, hope, love and so much more!
ANY CONS ABOUT THE BOOK? The book was fantastic! But it kind of leaves you hanging at the end because Solomon Snow never really finds what he needed. He is, however, treated a lot better in the end.
RATE ON A SCALE OF 1 TO 10: I would rate it 9 to 91/2, because this was a wonderful story filled with different adventures on every page. – Maggie Duffy
© 2007 Time Inc. All Rights Reserved. TIME FOR KIDS and Timeforkids.com are registered trademarks of Time Inc.