Disclaimer: I was provided an advanced copy of this book from the author to facilitate this review. As always, all opinions are my own.
- The Facts: Jupiter Storm by Marti Dumas, illustrated by Stephanie Parcus, published in the USA 2017 by Plum Street Press, 237 pages, ISBN 978 – 1943169314.
- Summary: Jupiter Storm is the story of a very intelligent, science-loving, inquisitive 10-year-old girl named Jackie who likes to be in charge, mostly of her 5 unruly brothers. In this story an uninvited guest enters her life and the hijinks that take place thereafter test our protagonist at every turn and puts all her best skills to the test. This book is ideal for readers aged 9-12 years old and in grades 4-7, though it could easily be read to younger children and it was a nice read for me as an adult too, so while there is an ideal range there is something for everyone in the story of Jackie and her guest.
- The Review: I was happy to receive this book because I love stories that have a female lead, especially one motivated by science, imagination, and the outdoors. I read the book then passed it to my 9-year-old son who initially balked because the main character was a girl and he assumed based on the cover he knew what the book was about. However, once he got in a couple of chapters he was into it. He finished the book in two days, which is saying something because we were on vacation at the tie doing a ton of activities each day. The story is compelling, the imagery rich, and once my son discovered who the uninvited guest was there was no stopping him from reading it. Can’t wait for the sequel!!