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Friday, 28 November 2008
Zamora's Ultimate Challenge by Michele Scott -A Review
Topic: Book Review

Twelve-year old Carter and his younger brother, Mason, are typical boys.  The argue over their differences and enthusiastically share the things they have in common.  Their baby sister, Isabella, gets on both their nerves, especially when they are playing their favorite video game, Zadora's Ultimate Challenge.

Left for an hour without parental supervision, the two boys find themselves thrust into the game, where they must face their ultimate quest of finding their sister, who has been kidnapped by the evil Queen Zadora.  Given three "rules" by a sage-believe in yourself, believe in each other and trust the light from within--the brothers have three days to beat the game before the world is changed forever into a place of evil.

Michele Scott has crafted a story that will keep middle-grade readers on edge as the brothers fight a dragon, dodge dinosaur poop bombs and find help in the most unlikely places.  As they learn about their own strength and that of each other, readers will also learn lessons in self-esteem, family and that the ultimate weapon against evil is....well, you'll have to read the book to learn that :-)

Realistic character, fast-paced action and subtle lessons are all woven together by Michele Scott to create a book that will be enjoyed by readers for years to come.  I thoroughly enjoyed her ability to teach without seeming to do so.  Zamora's Ultimate Challenge is an uplifting read that will have kids feeling good about not only themselves, but those people closest to them-their family.   

On my Rainbow Scale of Excellence, I give Zadora's Ultimate Challenge a seven--a perfect rainbow!

Posted by joyceanthony at 5:13 AM EST
Updated: Friday, 28 November 2008 7:15 AM EST
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Friday, 28 November 2008 - 6:43 AM EST

Name: "Ron Berry"
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I like the idea of those three rules. Those are just ideal for the age group this book is set for. Using a video game as the setting will surely get the kids interested in reading. You have now added something I would like to see in all book reviews you do, the rainbow scale of excellence, great idea!

Friday, 28 November 2008 - 9:39 AM EST

Name: "Holly Jahangiri"
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This is a fun book - and what a clever way to get kids, particularly boys, to read. Mine's addicted to video games, so this is right up his alley.

Friday, 28 November 2008 - 2:32 PM EST

Name: "Marvin D Wilson"
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A perfect rainbow! Well all right, now THAT's an endorsement. sounds great, Joyce. I also like the three rules.

Friday, 28 November 2008 - 5:26 PM EST

Name: "zhadi"
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Is this the same Michele Scott who writes the wine and horse mystery series'?


It sounds like a fun book - I still love reading YA...

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