Monday, May 9, 2016

The League and the Lantern by Brian Wells, with a giveaway

Synopsis: The League and the Lantern is the first book in a new adventure series for middle-school readers. It all starts when a dangerous organization invades Jake Herndon’s seventh-grade sleepover. He escapes along with two new classmates, Lucy and TJ, only to face a 48-hour fight for survival on the streets of Chicago. The kids unravel a mystery dating back to the Civil War, and an incredible secret about Jake’s family. Along the way they learn unexpected lessons about courage, family and friendship.

Talking Points: 
Inspires reading - Adventure series your kids will want to read.

Educational Value - 140 key vocabulary words hidden throughout the story, historic sites are part of the setting.

Moral Value - Lessons in family, friendship, mercy and compassion. Lead characters are friends who are different races. 

Help Kids - Operates on a buy one - give one campaign to get books into the hands of kids who cannot afford their own copies. 

My review:

   My fourteen year old nephew read this book before me and loved it. His exact words were "That book is awesome!" That is his review in four words, and may carry more weight than mine will since he is much closer to the intended age group than I am.

  And he is correct. This is an awesome book. I found the book hard to put down even though I am way beyond the age group it is written for. The author combines secret societies, history, and modern science and technology to write a rip-roaring adventure. I wasn't sure where the story was going for a while, and there were a few surprises along the way as I discovered everything and everybody was not what they seemed to be.

 The author came up with three different and somewhat odd characters, though they are all very likable; especially Jake who is the central character. The plot is a great one, and there is enough action, drama, and suspense to keep even most adults on the edge of their seats.

  There really isn't much, if any outright Christian message in the book. However, the book is full of Christian worldview and lessons that are Biblical. This is a fantastic book for kids in the preteen and early teen years, and is sure to be a hit with them. I highly recommend it, as does my nephew Josiah.

A copy of the book was given to me in exchange for my honest review.

About the author:

Raised on the edge of the jungles of Nigeria and the prairies of Illinois, executive producer Brian Wells has helped bring to life award-winning network television movies that have been enjoyed by millions and applauded by family organizations across the U.S. Although seventh grade was the worst year of Brian’s life, it helped him develop the imagination and catlike reflexes he enjoys today. This is his first novel.

Thanks to FlyBy Promotions for the review and giveaway copies.

Giveaway: Thanks to Flyby Promotions, I have a copy of The League and the Lantern to give away to one winner. I will pick a winner 10 days from today on May 19 using

To enter, do any one  of these and comment with which one.

Extra entry: do a second one and make an additional comment with which one you did. Two entries maximum.

1) "Like" the page for the book on Facebook.

2) Go to the website for the book and download the first six chapters for free, here.

3) Go to YouTube and watch the overview for the book, or one of the trailers for the book.

4) Follow The League and the Lantern on Twitter.

5) "Like" Brian Wells' author page on Facebook.

6) Follow Brian on Amazon.

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
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