This book's target audience is ages 9-12 which is just perfect for our house! Joshua, while only 7, has advanced reading skills, and was able to read this book with ease. Aaron, 9, has some learning disabilities, so it was a struggle for him still. However, as part of our summer reading that I require them all to do, I had Joshua read it to both of his brothers each afternoon. Logan is almost 6. They just loved the story, and want me to find them more books that are similar in nature.
They just adored the main character Calvin, and he is now one of many book and movie characters that they pretend to be when they are playing. Aaron just LOVED that he had red hair, just like his, so he insists that he should always be Calvin, and his brothers should be supporting characters. Since Aaron prefers to draw his ideas out, he has made several of his "comic books" about this story. Many aspects of this story Aaron can relate to, so I was thrilled that he grasped the concept of the book and remembered so many details.
All said and done, all three of my boys enjoyed this YA book, and they give it a 5 star rating. It isn't released to the public until Monday, Aug 8, 2011, but is available for pre-order, and I think Amazon just has a few copies remaining until their next shipment!
Calvin Comet Cobble lives at Hidden Shores Orphanage. Location: the very center of the earth. Cal's life is full of the school bully and mean teachers, but when he meets Mr. E, who can skip a stone clear across Lake Arctic, everything about Cal's life changes. Told with wit and charm, Skipping Stones at the Center of the Earth is guaranteed to excite and inspire readers of all ages.
***Disclosure: I received a complementary copy of this book courtesy of Cedar Fort to facilitate my review. No positive opinion was required, and no other compensation was exchanged. All opinions expressed are honest and solely mine the kids. They just LOVED being included in reading one of the books mommy gets in the mail, and now they think every package should be for them too! So, if any other authors or PR agencies have any YA books for the 6+ age range, I know three little boys who would jump up and down at the opportunity to give their opinion. Mom likes that they enjoy reading as much as I do!***