What’s The Ten-Year-Old reading this week?

Our books are mostly still packed up in boxes. Fortunately, The Ten-Year-Old’s new fifth grade teacher keeps an ample supply in her classroom, most of which are new to The Ten-Year-Old. Even better, when the kids at lunch aren’t gossiping about the weird things their parents do, they’re talking about the books they’re reading.  Both of this week’s books were recommended to The Ten-Year-Old by kids in her class.

Only You Can Save Mankind (The Johnny Maxwell Trilogy, Book 1) by Terry Pratchett

What the book’s about: Twelve-year-old Johnny Maxwell is about to conquer the final level in the computer game Only You Can Save Mankind, when the aliens abruptly surrender. Instead of disintegrating the last alien ship, Johnny accepts their surrender, and ends up offering sanctuary to the remnants of the Galactic Horde. That’s when the dreams begin. In his dreams, Johnny finds himself on the alien ScreeWee ships, protecting the ScreeWee from the human gamers trying to hunt them down. Could the aliens be real? Is this really just a game?

Why The Ten-Year-Old likes it: “Awesome story line, and I love how he ended it. The ScreeWee felt really human. They felt like they have real emotions. I can’t get them out of my head. In fact, I fell asleep thinking about the ScreeWee captain last night.”

Who would enjoy reading this book: Anybody who enjoyed Star Wars, Terry Pratchett, or a good storyline.

The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

What the book’s about: April Hall doesn’t seem like the sort of person Melanie Ross would want as a friend. But when she discovers they both love ancient Egypt, she decides to give April a chance. The two girls commandeer a deserted storage yard for the Egypt Game. They meet in the yard to wear Egyptian costumes, hold ceremonies, and develop a secret code. Over time, their little squad of Egyptians swells to six. It’s just a game, a bit of harmless fun. But when strange things start to happen, Melanie wonders if she and April have taken the Egypt Game too far.

Why The Ten-Year-Old likes it: “I like how it’s these kids setting up this game. I was thinking about doing it at home with some of our big boxes. They pretend they are ancient Egyptians, they tell stories, they have the goddess Isis and the goddess Set. It’s insanely funny and ingenious, but probably best if you just read it.”

Who would enjoy reading this book: Anybody who likes Ancient Egypt or just likes a good storyline.

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