Skeleton Creek: Ryan’s Journal by Patrick Carman

September 30th, 2015 by

skeleton-creekSubmitted by Shania, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★½

This book is about a boy his name is Ryan and his friend Sarah, is looking for the crossbones treuesure and the ghost of old joe bush is leaving them clues.They ….. sorry I have told you to much so read the book to find out what happens.

Pulse by Patrick Carman

November 17th, 2014 by

Pulse_Patrick Carman[Note from Kidsmomo: This book is recommended for ages 13 and up.]

Submitted by Brianna, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

This is an amazing start to a series. It’s set in 2051 where the world is falling apart. There are large “safe zones” called states. In the US there are two, the Eastern State and the Western State. A girl named Faith and her best friend Liz live outside the states. Strange things are happening at their new school, Old Park Hill, and Faith is about to discover some life changing news. The ending is a major cliffhanger. This book is a must-read distopion book filled with action, suspense, and even a little romance.

Floors by Patrick Carman

June 12th, 2014 by

Floors_Patrick-CarmanSubmitted by Jake, Age 11 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★½

Have you ever thought of being in the craziest hotel ever, solving puzzles, and uncovering new floors? That is what life is like Leo Fillmore in the Whippet Hotel.

I liked this book because there was a lot of action and a lot of cliffhangers. You will like this book if you like those things.

Floors by Patrick Carman

April 7th, 2014 by

Floors_Patrick-CarmanSubmitted by Olivia, Age 11 from Florida

Rating: ★★★★★

Leo Fillmore is the maintenance man at the Whippet Hotel.
Merganzer D. Whippet is the mysterious founder of the hotel who suddenly went missing.
Remi is the hotel bellboy.
The Whippet Hotel is a hotel that seems to have nine floors, but there are many more that are secret.
Then comes the day when Leo finds the box, and that changes everything, forever.

Pulse by Patrick Carman

March 28th, 2014 by

Pulse_Patrick Carman[Note from Kidsmomo: This book is recommended for ages 13 and up.]

Submitted by hunter, Age 12 from New York

Rating: ★★★★☆

I am reading the book Pulse by Patrick Carman. this book is great so far but I’m not that far into it. This book is science fiction and I hope you read it.

Floors by Patrick Carman

January 8th, 2014 by

Floors_Patrick-CarmanSubmitted by Justin, Age 10 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

The book ”Floors” is written by Patrick Carman. The book is about Leo Fillmore a kid who lives in a hotel named Whippet Hotel and the hotel is falling apart! So join the adventure with him while he tries fixing the hotel. My favorite part is when all the action happens in the hotel floors because each floor has its secrets. If you like puzzles, then you will love this book.

Kidsmomo Podcast #56: Floors, Wars, and Scarf-Eating

October 18th, 2011 by

We’re so excited! And we just can’t hide it!

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Sorry. Told ya we couldn’t hide it…

Now, you’re probably wondering why we’re so excited. Well, you’ll just have to listen to our latest podcast! But here’s a hint: sweepstakes!

And we’ve also got flying bowling balls, zombie breakfast, battle in the streets of New York, and drool. So tune in, already!

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  • Intergalactic author visit from Aaron Starmer
  • Karen’s book review: Floors by Patrick Carman
  • Nancy’s book review: The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill
  • A review from YOU: Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac β€” perfect for Halloween!

And don’t forget: As we mention in the podcast, we’ve got THREE sweepstakes running right now! Enter for a chance to win signed copies of the Sweet Farts books, When Life Gives You O.J., and Aaron Starmer’s books (DWEEB and The Only Ones).

Of course, if you’ve already read anyΒ  of ’em,Β  write in your review below. Or send in a review of any book you love! (Or any spooky Halloween picks?) We’ll feature a kid review in our next podcast!

β€” Karen and Nancy

Tuning into “Trackers”

November 4th, 2010 by

trackers-patrick-carman-book-series-reviewSure, Nancy and I run a website and we both work on digital stuff for our day jobs too β€” but neither of us could ever compare to Adam Henderson, the tech prodigy hero of Patrick Carman’s newest series, Trackers.*

Well, “hero” may not be the right word for Adam. He’s definitely the main character and you’re rooting for him, but it appears that he’s gotten himself and his three best friends into some serious trouble. How serious? It’s hard to say, because there’s only one Trackers book so far, and not all the details are revealed. But you learn pretty quickly that Adam and his fellow Trackers (Finn, Lewis, and Emily) are experts at trailing other people by following digital clues. But it turns out… someone else has been watching them! [cue scary music and dramatic flashing lights]

I don’t want to give away too much because the fun of Trackers is that it’s set up for readers themselves to steadily get to the bottom of things, through a combo of the book and short online videos. To be honest, at first I was a little frustrated because I really *hate* not knowing what’s going on. And, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m pretty impatient. Imagine a monkey who sees a banana through a window but doesn’t realize there’s glass in the way. Yeah, that’s me (except not as hairy)… But once I got over it, I really got into the suspense of the story and I enjoyed trying to guess what would come next.

Here, check out the official trailer for a peek into the Trackers experience:

So, now the most frustrating part is waiting for the next book to come out! Luckily Patrick Carman β€” er,Β  I mean, the Trackers have put together a Trackers Missions hub where you can take on assignments from them β€” if you dare! (Okay, okay, the missions aren’t actually dangerous as far as I can tell, but they are addicting! I started working on Adam’s mission just now, and I almost forgot to come back and finish writing this post!)

β€” Karen

Karen still remembers the first time she went on the internet. It was 12th grade. She was at a friend’s house, and Karen was all like, “What’s this search doing? Where are these pages coming from?” That same day, she discovered mp3s and it blew her mind!

More about Karen Β»

* Trackers is published by Scholastic, which is where I work, but I have no involvement in the making of the series. Wish I did! Then I’d know what’s coming in the next book!

All Aboard for Atherton

September 12th, 2009 by

The House of Power (Book 1 in the Atherton series)

The House of Power (Book 1 in the Atherton series)

Starting Monday, our new theme will be fantasy series β€” but one of my favorite trilogies won’t be on the list. And that’s because despite appearances, Patrick Carman’s Atherton series is not actually fantasy.

Say what? Like I said, the books definitely seem to be fantasy. The story starts off depicting life in a land called Atherton, which is divided by huge cliffs into three separate levels. At the top are the Highlands, populated by a small ruling class who control all the water. The middle level is Tabletop, where the working folks tend to livestock and farming. At the bottom are the Flatlands, a barren and unexplored wasteland.

Rivers of Fire (Book 2 in the Atherton series)

Rivers of Fire (Book 2 in the Atherton series)

At the beginning of the series, no one is able to move between the three levels. But as you can guess, all that’s about the change β€” thanks to an orphan named Edgar who has a gift for climbing and a strong sense of curiosity.

Okay, so that still sounds like a fantasy series, right? Well, here’s the thing β€” there’s a secret about Atherton that none of its residents know. And every day they’re unaware of it, that’s another day closer to their doom. [imagine dramatic music here]

It’s Edgar who sets in motion the slow reveal of Atherton’s secret, and as the characters start to piece together the mystery, so does the reader. And soon enough, it becomes clear why I’m saying this series isn’t fantasy after all.

The Dark Planet (Book 3 in the Atherton series)

The Dark Planet (Book 3 in the Atherton series)

What is it, exactly? Well, I don’t want to ruin it, because you should absolutely pick up Book 1: The House of Power right away (as soon as you’re done visiting every last page on Kidsmomo.com). All I’ll say is that Atherton may not be as distant as you’d think… [cue dramatic music x1000!!!!]

β€” Karen