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Cub Explorer Readers Program

Cub Explorers can sign up for the Cub Readers Program and recieve advanced reading copies (ARCs) of books that have not been published yet.  Once they have read the book, they can submit a review.
--Sign up online or in the bookstore; Submit book reviews online or print out the review form

Cub Explorer Readers Reviews

Cub Explorer Reviewer: Gabriel Enderstein, Age 10
Codename Zero
by Chris Rylander 
Published - February 2014 by Harper, hardcover

Gabriel rated Codename Zero 5 Stars = Loved it!

Gabriel's Review:
This book is about a kid called Carson who gets a mystery box from a random man in a suit.  He has to deliver it to a secret agent (Mr. Jensen) before time runs out and it self destructs.

I liked this book because it is a mystery which kept me in suspense.  I just wanted to keep reading.

Boys age 9-14 might like this book.

Similar Book(s): Brother from a Box, Liar and Spy

Cub Explorer Reviewer: Raphaella Enderstein, Age 8
School of Charm
by Lisa Ann Scott 
Published - February 2014 by Harper, hardcover

Raphaella rated School of Charm 5 Stars = Loved it!

Raphaella's Review:
Brenda's dad died so her family had to move to her grandma's house and she's trying to fit in.  The characters are: Brenda, Charlene, Ruthie, Dana, Karen, Mom, Billy, and Miss Vernie.  The genre is drama.  Setting: Miss Vernie's Beauty School.

I liked this book because it was very interesting.  Reading about how different Brenda is from her sisters and family.

Girls my age and older might like this book.

Similar Book(s): Remarkable by Lizzie K. Foley

Cub Explorer Reviewer: Quincy Griffin, Age 9
Case File #13: Zombie Kid by J. Scott Savage 
Published - September 2013 by Harper, paperback

Quincy's Review:
One part I like is when Nick turned into a Zombie and scared a bully named Cody.

I will recommend this book because it is a funny, mysterious book.  You could be watching TV or playing video games, but instead you will be reading this book from the first page to the last.

Everyone will like this book.

Similar Book(s): I liked this book as much as I liked the Diary of A Wimpy Kid series which is my favorite books series.

Cub Explorer Reviewer: Anika Istok, Age 10
Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child
by Maria T. Lennon
Published - August 2013 by Scholastic, hardcover

Anika rated Confessions 4 1/2 Stars = Liked it a lot!

Anika's Review:
The main character is Charlie Cooper.  She got into trouble at her old school, so she had to move.  Charlie and her family move to the Hollywood Hills where she tries to be a nicer person.

I liked this book because the author really described how Charlie felt, and I could always picture the setting.  The characters were great, and Maria T. Lennon described them so well.  This is one of my favorite books.

Someone who is a middle child, or is like Charlie might like this book.

Similar Book(s): Eleven by Lauren Myracle

Cub Explorer Reviewer: Kim Dalton, Age 14
The Beginning of Everything
 by Robyn Schneider
Published - August 2013 by Harper, Young Adult hardcover

Kim rated Confessions 4 1/2 Stars = Liked it a lot!

Kim's Review:
Ezra is a jock who is injured in a car accident.  This injury means he will never play tennis again.  Due to this, and the fact that his girlfriend cheated on him, Ezra falls in with a group of geeky debate-club outcasts and falls in love with a quirky new girl who has a dark secret of her own.

The characters are very well developed, and remind me of myself and/or my friends.  I loved the geeky references, and the plot was wonderfully unpredictable. The book felt like real life.

Teens who like "geek" culture and romances with unhappy endings might like this book.