by McGEATH FREEMAN
“3 Below: A Floors Novel”
By Patrick Carman
For Ages 8 – 12
The second book in the “Floors” series takes us back to the eccentric and unpredictable world of the Whippet Hotel in New York City. This time around, 11-year-old Leo Fillmore finds that owning the Whippet Hotel has its ups and downs. Merganzer D. Whippet is absent — sort of. The strange cast of hotel guests is back, including Ms. Sparks. She returns with a vengeance, a plan to collect seven million dollars in back taxes and the intent to take ownership of the hotel.
At the Whippet, nothing is ever simple. Leo and his new half-brother Remi start an adventure to find the money and save the hotel. This time they’ll have to go three floors below and discover rooms they never knew existed. A jungle, a dungeon and a very interesting realm of gears hold secrets and intriguing characters. My favorite is Dr. Flart and his Flart’s Fizz. You won’t be able to read that chapter without laughing.
Will Leo and Remi save the day? I guess you’ll have to read the book to find out. It’s worth it. My kids and I are already talking about what could possibly be in book three.
“Infinity Ring, Book Two: Divide and Conquer”
By Carrie Ryan
For Ages 8 - 12
The evil SQ are still trying to take over the world while Riq, Sera and Dak continue to bounce through time trying to fix the “breaks” and stop the SQ. In this, the second book in the “Infinity Ring” series our three young heroes join a Viking war. They don’t even know if they are on the right side. As the Vikings sack medieval Paris, Dak and Sera find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. It’s somewhat clichéd, but this literary tool still provides for a grand adventure that sucks you in and keeps you reading.
It may be difficult to keep up if you haven’t read the first book in the series, but it won’t be impossible.
“Divide and Conquer” is entertaining, although it won’t win literary awards. The characters could stand to be better developed. That development would add layers and emotion to the tale. Who knows, maybe one of the next authors will add depth. As it is the “Infinity Ring” is all about time travel, twisted history, peril, adventure and fun.