Publisher: Capstone Press
Acquired: Received review copies from Capstone Publishers.
Reason for Reading: I am a huge fan of Capstone books which publishes "worry-free" content, easy reader graphic novels and chapter books with graded reading levels. My reading challenged son has used their books to improve his reading skills and has enjoyed almost all the books, even on the small occasions when I don't.
Isabel Soto, Archaeologist & World Explorer series
Escape From Pompeii by Terry Collins. Illustrated by Cynthia Martin & Barbara Schulz. 32 pgs. Aug. 1, 2010, Age 8+ - Isabelle Soto travels through time and space with her handy gadget the W.I.S.P. She starts out by going to modern day Pompeii, meeting up and tagging along with an author who is doing research and her official tour guide. The author and Isabel travel back in time 17 years prior to the eruption of Vesuvius, then jump ahead to the dangerous day itself. This is a graphic novel and the graphics are wonderful. The story is entertaining but is more educational and factual than just pure fiction. There are fact boxes every now and then telling more information on the topic, a page at the end that lists various information about the topic and the book has an index. An enjoyable and interesting concept for a hi-low reader that imparts a nice dose of history. Reading Level Gr. 3-4. Interest Level Gr. 3-9. Rating: 3/5
Rescue in the Bermuda Triangle by Marx Tyler Nobleman. Illustrated by Joe Staton & Al Milgrom. 32 pgs. Aug. 1, 2010, Age 8+ - Isabel Soto uses her device to open a portal to travel through space only during this adventure as she receives a call to help search for a missing boat with 2 passengers in the Bermuda Triangle area. She joins a Coast Guard crew and the three of them regale each other with stories and facts about the Bermuda Triangle. The book leans heavily on the scientific side but does leave the mysterious sightings and total disappearances unexplained, while it offers many possible reasonable explanations for those disappearances. The stories of the past disappearances are intriguing and make one wonder and the plot of the book's missing boat and what happens to it and its occupants is interesting. There are fact boxes every now and then telling more information on the topic, a page at the end that lists various information about the topic and the book has an index. An enjoyable and interesting concept for a hi-low reader. Reading Level Gr. 3-4. Interest Level Gr. 3-9. Rating: 3/5