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Jump Boys: SOS – Book Review

jump boysI just finished a fantastic book. It’s listed for the middle grade reader which I prefer to call ‘Tweens.

A dare has gone terribly wrong. An SOS from another universe. Brothers, Val and Jayce, are stranded on earth in an alternate universe, but before they can leave they must save a young girl, Meg, from space pirates. They learn that the pirates are linked to their own universe and rescuing Meg places their family in grave danger. Find out what happens next.

These are the things I love about it. First, it’s science fiction with a great story-line (I love just about anything science fiction!). It’s action filled. And here’s the best part… It is a CLEAN read! NO profanity. NO sexual content. No graphic violence.

As with any story there is struggle between the good guys and the bad guys, but it is handled in such a way that it has just the right amount of tension and the conflict is perfect for the reader.

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Tell Me What You Think



I have a question for any of you who purchase books for children. But before I ask, I’d like to set the stage a bit by telling you the reason for my question.

As you know I have written the book PRINCESS KANDAKE: Warrior by Choice…Appointed to Rule. The book is aimed at the ‘Tween reader, aged 10-14. Its content is also appropriate for advanced younger readers.

When I wrote this book I made a conscious decision to leave certain content out. I knew I would catch some heat for it, and I did. I’ve even been told that decision was one of the contributing factors in not being picked up by particular publishing houses.

Another conscious decision of mine was to write stories that incorporate ‘happy endings’, protagonists with good values, and to add characters with relationships that some would describe as a bit utopian/perfect.

My reason for doing this is that my target audience is still quite young in their view of the world. I don’t believe it’s my place a an author to tarnish that.

As a mom, grandmother, aunt, and psychologist I want kids to dream and reach for the stars, today. There are plenty of things that will crop up in their tomorrows to discourage them. I see no need for me to speed up that process.

So here’s the question. A few reviewers disagree with my position. I would love to hear from you. What do you think is an appropriate read for this age group? Do you feel this tender age should be introduced to more adult content?

Leave me a comment and I’ll treat you to a free digital copy of PRINCESS KANDAKE: Warrior by Choice…Appointed to Rule (book #1 in the PRINCESS KANDAKE series). If you write a review for it, I’ll treat you to a free digital copy of Weight of the Crown (book #2 in the series).

Welcome to Moms’ Break Room

Hi and welcome, this is the Moms’ Break Room. A place for moms to take a moment to relax, get refreshed, and find out what’s happening in the world of children’s books.

I’m Stephanie Jefferson, debut author of the new Princess Kandake series. I retired from working as a psychologist with a specialty in children and adolescents. What I do now is write books for kids ages 10 years and up, I’m a Small Group leader at church for 7th and 8th grade girls, and I play with my grandchildren every chance I get.

My plan for this blog is to provide the kind of information that would be helpful for moms. We can talk about reading. We can discuss and review books that are for children, especially focusing on the books for independent readers. And because I am a psychologist, I don’t mind answering questions on growth and development and how the books your babes are reading impacts that.

Before we go much further I’d better come clean with who I am and what my perspective is. I am a conservative Christian, so everything I say comes from that set of values. This applies to my psychology background as well as my writing. I can guarantee that every book I have written and I write will be ‘safe’ for your children to read. That means I will not be including sexual situations, profanity, or other things that I believe do not honor God.

Wow! They sure left in a hurry.

Oh well, I may as well tell you the rest of it. The other thing is that from time to time I will bend you ear (or eyes) with the promotion of one of my books. And while I’m confessing…each book I write has an underlying theme: the building of our children’s character and teaching them to stand up for what they believe in.

So now you know that I’m a writer for the ‘Tween audience and each and every book is written for the purpose of entertainment and character building.

Oops, I almost forgot, one more thing. I’m an action writer. My stories always have something going on and the characters do get into fights.

Well I think that’s it. So what do you think?