My kids love adventure and mystery books, so when Vera saw the My Blade Quest series by local author Don Bosco, she let out a squeal of delight. Needless to say, she dived head-first into the books and finished all six of them within a day or two.
I asked her what she thought of the books. She said:
“I love them! It’s funny, mysterious, and thrilling. I even like the villain, Garth Gan. (He has such a funny name.) I really love mystery books!”
She proceeded to show me some of the funny parts, and started to giggle at the jokes.
As you can see, she likes it when the books contain humour and mystery elements, and Blade Quest is pretty much filled with these.
JJ, who has started to read independently sometime during his K2 year, also enjoyed the series. He said:
“I like that they have to solve a crime, and they get to defeat the bad guy.”
Now that you’ve heard from the kids, here’s what I like about the books.
1. Easy to read – Suitable for young readers around Primary 1-3. The chapters are short, the sentences are simple, and yet the plot unfolds at a moderate pace, so the children’s attention can be sustained through the book.
2. The protagonists are wonderful role models – In book one, A New Game, Jay and his sister Shu travel to Penang. In book two, they jet off to Kamakura, Japan. Regardless of where they go, their mission remains key on their minds: To defeat the villain Garth Gan and protect Blade Quest Industries, the brainchild and legacy of their deceased parents. I think the characters portrayed in Jay and Shu can be positive and empowering for young kids.
3. Tons of local and pop culture references – In book three, the kids land in Melbourne and stay with Papa Jerry and Aunt Nicole, close friends of their parents. Aunt Nicole is a bit of a YouTube celebrity-chef, and the duo actually end up making a YouTube video in all of 40 minutes calling for help from her viewers to locate Garth Gan.
4. Good moral values – there is a strong theme of caring for family throughout the book despite the fact that the duo’s parents have already past on. For example, Uncle Selva, their dad’s best friend and also their guardian, was helping to manage the company, but is suffering from a weak heart.
In each book, we see the kids showing their concern for his health, and also stepping up to take on more responsibility because of it.
I also appreciate that there are themes of creativity and using power for the good of society littered throughout the series.
TIME FOR A GIVEAWAY!
Thanks to Armour Publishing, we have 1 full set of 6 My Blade Quest books to give away to one lucky reader. To participate, just do the following:
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That’s it! Contest ends 11.59pm on 14 March, Wednesday. The winner will be randomly drawn and notified via Facebook PM/email. Good luck and happy school holidays! 😉