Friday, January 30, 2009

Zac Power H.I. Larry


Zac Power #01: Zac Power #1: Poison Island by H.I. Larry I read the first four Zac Power books, I absolutely loved them. This series was first released in Australia in 2007. The first book in the series was released in the States in 2008. I am always on the look out for new early chapter books especially ones boys will enjoy. Zac Power is exactly what I was looking for. 12yr Zac Power loves listening to music and playing his guitar. He wants to be a rock star when he grows up but right now he's a spy as is the whole Power family. They work for the Government Investigation Bureau (GIB). In each book Zac is sent on a new mission. He always has 24 hours to complete a mission. Zac's older brother Leon is a tech expert and is always on call for his brother at Tech Support Headquarters. Zac has some really cool gadgets. The most important is his SpyPad it looks like a video game but its a mini computer, mobile satellite telephone with voice scrambler, laser, and code breaker rolled into one. These books were really fun to read and they kept getting better. In each story Zac ends up using his Ipod to get out of a jam. Its fun trying to figure out when and how Zac will use his Ipod. The Zac Power books are a whole lot of fun with much action, and nice technology. I'll share a funny scene from book two "Deep Waters" Zac was in the amphibious submersible on the way to another mission, when he stopped to save a couple. He dropped them off on an Island. The people on the Island wouldn't let Zac land on the south side, he thought that was strange and decided to check it out. Come to find out there weren't evil people on the south side but a nudist beach for old people. I got a good laugh out of that.
Zac Power is a great series, and I am very happy they've been released in the U.S. thank you
Feiwel and Friends. This is a great recommend for age 7up, especially if the child has an older sibling. Sometimes its nice to discover a book an older brother or sister hasn't already read. Since the series doesn't read young or have too many pictures it would also work well for struggling readers. There is also a nice website Zac Power website http://www.zacpower.com/home/books.asp
Fans can do a lot of interesting things, like create their own spy name and read up on all of Zac's gadgets. You can also sample the books. So I won't be sharing today you can go to the website.

1 comment:

Andi Sibley said...

Thanks for the list and these reviews. I am looking for early chapter books for my boys for Christmas. Just ordered a bunch from your list @ my indie bookstore.