Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light Book Review and Giveaway!

My son Alex is a reader. He has already read so much that finding new material that is suitable for him can be a challenge. Because of this, I have looked high and low, and even into some books that might be a little above his age level.


That is where Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light, by Jaimie Engle, comes in. It is a children’s book that is full of fun, adventure and history. It is marketed for ages 8-12, and when I was offered one to review, I wondered if it might be a little over his head.


The book arrived, and it was much thicker than I imagined it would be! To be honest, I was a bit worried that it would be intimidating for Alex, as he usually goes for smaller chapter books with more pictures. When I showed him the book, though, he was very excited!

Because he was the one reading this book, I asked him several questions about what he thought. Below is my “interview” with him (Please forgive the short answers...he is an 8 year old boy, after all!):

Q:  What did you think of the book?
A:  I liked it.
Q:  Did you miss having more pictures?
A:  No. It had pictures at the beginning of the chapters, and it was enough.
Q:  What did you like about it?
A: I liked the dragon, Princes, dwarves and the Simurgh. I think Clifton was brave and funny.
Q:  Is there anything you didn’t like?
A:  I think the ending was sad. And they talked about other God’s too much. Clifton had a girlfriend (this was said with a wrinkled nose!)
Q:  Who do you think would enjoy this book?
A:  Boys, definitely. It’s not for girls. Girls like stuff with kissing.

All in all, he really liked this book. I know he did, because when I told him he was going to have to let me have it for a while so I could write this review, he was not a happy camper. He wanted to read it again! He is hoping for another Clifton Chase book in the near future.

Photo from Jaimiengle.com
If you are struggling to get your child interested in reading, this may be the book to do it! It really has something for everyone, and the 302 pages are broken up really well into 55 chapters. It makes it easy to read a bit and then take a break, although if yours is anything like mine, your child isn't going to want to put it down! You can also get them involved with Clifton Chase on www.jaimiengle.com where they can find the first six chapters, kids fun sheets and even a book trailer!

Now that you have heard about how great this book is, don’t you want one for yourself? Well, this is your lucky day! Ms. Engle (the writer of this book) is offering not one, not two, but THREE books to three lucky winners! One winner will receive a paperback edition, and two winners will get an e-book! The winner must be in the continental U.S. and must be 18 or older to enter. One entry per household, please!
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*I received a book in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts are my own (and Alex's) and yours may differ.  

27 comments:

  1. they have a wonderful young authors writing group. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

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  2. The books help children who struggle to read.

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  3. Sept 1 was Clifton's 1st Birthday, how exciting!

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  4. I like that the kids wanted to sell her autograph for $10 "bucks"....

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  5. The kids wanting extra autographs to sell was so funny! I bet they all read the books.

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  6. I had to laugh when I read about the kids wanting to see the sheets of paper autographed for $10 bucks a piece. Cute. I bet it is cool to have the book in the local library! It would be so exciting to walk in and see "my" book. :)

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  7. The author visits elementary school classes to teach kids how to publish a book...neat!

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  8. they have a young author's group every third thursday of the month.

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  9. I like that the book is for boys

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  10. I learned that Clifton Chase was born in Melbourne, Florida two years ago on 9-1 at 12:10am and that he is very brave. I like the story of the autograph seekers

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  11. These books help children that struggle to read.

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  12. If you buy the book the author would like you to consider writing a review. She would be okay with that review being on the wall of a bathroom stall as long as word got out about the book. :)

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  13. The Young Authors Group would be great if I lived closer!

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  14. the books first birthday was sept 1st

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  15. these kind of books help children who struggle to read.
    nathankyle1707@yahoo.com
    Jeremy mclaughlin

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  16. this is great for kids who are slow with reading

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  17. He is a true author. Ke wants to get his books in the hands of children and make them into great readers. He visits schools and reads his books. This to me is a great person and author.

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  18. There were mermaids and Excalibur in the main plot.

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  19. i learned that these types of books help children with reading issues
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

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  20. helps children that struggle with reading - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  21. She is internationally published, and writes speculative fiction for kids and adults!

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  22. September 1st was the book's first birthday!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  23. if i get the book i would read and blog on it i woudl give it as gift to girl i now here

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  24. Sept 1st was the books 1st bday

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  25. If you like Percy Jackson, you may enjoy Clifton Chase.

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